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Getting started - team #1

scottpersinger opened this Issue Feb 13, 2012 · 3 comments


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scottpersinger commented Feb 13, 2012

In order to collaborate on this project, we need to decide how we want to move forward. Github is not the perfect collaboration tool, but I figure it's a good enough place to start.

As a first step, I suggest we all:

  1. Make sure you have a github account
  2. Post a message here with a short description about yourself, your skills, and what you'd like to get out of the project.
  3. Have a look at the Product Intro message here and give me your reactions.

In order to actually get started, I would suggest one of these:

  1. Download and run the code I have here.
  2. Try creating your own story by creating a new YAML file.
  3. Expand the capabilities of the player for more media types (like youtube videos)

ghost commented Feb 13, 2012

Hey there Scott, interesting meeting you. Really cool project and glad to be a part of it. I'm more of a frontend guy.

I'll be able to handle the UI Design of general interactions, Story/Page layouts, as well as assist with the overall information architecture and navigation. Design, HTML, CSS and a bit of JS. If needed I can work up some branding for the project also.

Not gonna touch RoR! Don't think you'd want me to ; )

Out of this I'm looking to push the browser/mobile web to whatever limits the project allows. Will be a great sandbox to try out experimental technologies and fusions of existing ones to create something different... creative. I see this as a great creative outlet in a direction of things I have great interest in.


scottpersinger commented Feb 13, 2012

One question I've struggled with a bit is how to do the "design" for the stories. My thought was to use a basic "template" system. So your story would include a CSS file that defined the overall look and feel of your story. This would be things like default page background, fonts, text appearance for titles and annotations, image decorations (like a "Poloarid" treatment). Basically think like how a Powerpoint design template works.

So it would be great if you could create out first design template. It could include:

  • Title page (story title and author)
  • A second page, say with 2 images, image annotations, and a text block
  • A third page with a video and another text block

In the meantime, I will start working on a way for you to run the player against your own story.


ghost commented Feb 13, 2012

Hmm ye would be great to give each story a unique look and feel. once I get it up and running I'll try entering my own story. Build up some "pages" with sample information. And then we can have a chat about different layouts and navigations.

We can build this out as a hybrid as we spoke (desktop, tablet) about, I think the main goal here is using HTML to the fullest so we have a lot to play with. I have a custom responsive CSS framework I use that'd help with this.

Gotta try not to make the browser cry too much though lol. Also if we do have the ability to customize using a CSS file for each story then it means we could have some kind of art directed approach to the story layouts.

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