Geoffrey Long
Project Good Luck
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Project Good Luck

The challenge

In the summer of 2006, I was one of four graduate students accompanying MIT CMS professor Beth Coleman on a research trip to China. The undertaking, codenamed 'Project Good Luck,' aimed to examine social networks, mobile media, advertising and contemporary culture in Beijing, Shanghai and beyond. Professor Coleman tasked me with building the site for the project.

The solution

Working with artwork provided by urban artist Vinnie Ray, I designed with a vibrant, cheery palette. I incorporated a number of 'Web 2.0' tools in its development, facilitating the site's ease of use not only by visitors but also by the team members. RSS streams pulled photos from a collective Flickr pool, videos from YouTube and blog posts from Blogger. A Downloads page offered an MP3 of the 'Good Luck' theme by Megman and JPGs of the Good Luck art sized to serve a wallpapers for popular mobile phones like the RAZR and the Treo 650.

The tools was built using HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Blogger, Flickr, YouTube, and Adobe Photoshop.



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