FantasyBowl, a product of Opcode, had been around since 1999 and it looked like it. It desperately needed a redesign effort to bring it up to date. This is the result of our new marketing effort to draw in more players. It worked. Our revenue grew the following 3 years by over 50% after having been flat for the prior 6 years.
Evolve is a gaming service that allows friends to stay conntected no matter what game they are playing. For the next big push to their interface, Evolve wanted strategy and UX/IA work around online streaming of games.
The idea was to turn the site from the current static experience into one more dynamic, showing at a glance what was going on at any given time. This meant new ways to show acitivity and bubbling up content happening right now to make the site feel more alive and active.
Opcode Inc is a company founded by myself and Mark Larimer to produce products of alternative gaming concepts, one of which is fantasy sports. The word "opcode" comes from "operation code" that specifies and operation to be performed in a computer.
The logo is simply the word "opcode" in morse code form. The fill of the morse code can be any color or pattern. In fact, it was made in a way that is easily re-creatable with simple CSS on a website, and thus can house an animated gif background as the fill, which is the normal way the logo is presented.
Minecraft COAL is a pay-as-you-go Minecraft world hosting service hosted on Google Cloud Platform. While most Minecraft hosting services require a monthly fee, COAL lets you buy "COAL Pieces" that you deposit into "World Furnaces". Anyone that has access to a world can buy COAL Pieces, in effect allowing crowdfunding of per-hour world payment. Hours are used up only while players are actually playing the game.
COAL also allows web-based real-time chat monitoring, archiving, searching, and messaging, allowing you to chat with players in the game directly from the web, as well as see who is online and when. Worlds can be imported from other servers or exported out of COAL at any time.
Studio 306 is one of the premier photography studios in the Twin Cities and it shows from their work. Their attention to detail is unrivaled and they truly make their work an art form. How do you make a website to capture this?
You get out of its way. Working closely with Studio 306 we went through many iterations until the photos were really doing the talking. Bigger photos, more of them, de-emphasize everything else. In this case, showing is telling. The work speaks for itself.