Zaadz and the Evanescent Design Crew
~ 12 April 2005 ~
Combine talent across the country with a solid project scope and short timeline and you get the following achievement.
A couple months back, Zaadz, Inc. was in the process of constructing a unique site builder system for small biz owners, and they were seeking top-notch design contractors. Even better, they wanted CSS/standards-based templates to complement their top-notch technology, a far cry from the antiquated templates you’ll find in most of the other site builders.
With Zaadz’s full trust in hand, I had the unique pleasure of hand-picking the crew that would build the initial templates for the system. And what a pleasure it truly was. I was able to work alongside both friends and new acquaintances, and the experience was highly rewarding, to say the least.
Though the final system won’t be released for a few weeks (along with a new corp site and identity), they’ve given us the green light to display our work in anticipation of the coming launch.
Most of us recognize Bryan as the genius behind application icons such as NetNewsWire and iPodderX. But apparently he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to website design, too. Bryan and I joined the project simultaneously, and it was merely a matter of a quick conversation by phone and we were golden. Bryan pays attention to detail with any of the projects he works on, not the least of these his websites. That’s often the first criterion I seek out when teaming up, and Bryan has it in spades. View Bryan’s templates »
Brian’s skills have been developing rapidly over the past several months. If he keeps it up, he’ll school the best of us in 2006. Brian wisely allows himself to find influence in the works of others, and then to adapt what he finds and turn it into something he can call his own. Brian’s Lousco Labradors site was, by itself, enough to convince me we needed him on board for Zaadz. View Brian’s templates »
Jared rocked the CSS gallery sites when he came out with Jaredigital 2004, big indie-rock masthead and all. By inviting him to participate, I was hoping he’d bring some of that big masthead goodness, and not surprisingly he delivered without an explicit request to do so. Jared’s design versatility enables him to go from indie to all-out pink in the flash of an eye. Or, in the case of Zaadz, from indie to Mount Vernon. View Jared’s templates »
Jason was an easy pick. He brings style to the table. He’s got the talk. The double surname. A package deal, indeed. I specifically invited Jason to join in hopes he would add some character to the mix. And he delivered. View Jason’s templates »
Ryan, Ryan, Ryan. This decision to include him was a given from the start. Ryan was our top pick as a replacement when Didier couldn’t make SXSW, and the Design Eye crew and I are pleased to report we chose wisely. A choice of similar wisdom was warranted on the Zaadz project, and Ryan was another easy pick. No further explanation needed. Off you go to check out his work. View Ryan’s templates »
As the ringleader, I had to set the tone for the project. Apart from a rough completed a few weeks earlier, a very short timeframe existed in which to complete the template shown here. Though minimal, both code and style would become the template of all other templates for this particular project. It isn’t perfect code-wise, but Zaadz has done / will do a few mods to get it there before launch. View Cameron’s templates »
Additional write-ups about the Zaadz project:
- Jason: Flourish for Zaadz
- Jared: Seeds of Inspiration
- Brian: Project Zaadz
- Bryan: Zaadz and the Evanescent Design Crew
And special thanks to Michael Christopherson for help with some of the initial code work.
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