Who developed and design the End web site?
First of all, thanks to those of you who e-mailed about the web site development progress and thanks for waiting. You should thank Yves for the beautiful design as well. Unlike most label sites, this web site was actually built by the person that runs the label, and built from scratch. Sadly you will be hard pressed to find a label, even a so-called DIY label that creates their own web site. You will almost never find a decent web site where the “label head” is directly involved with planning, designing, managing, and coding the project.
Of course I did not do it by myself. It took me and a group of my peers three months (at least 170 hours per person), and many meeting at Plucker’s Wings in Austin, Texas(they even have fried Twinkies for you veggies out there).
There are literally hundreds of pages of documentation separated into four deliverables, and some highly advanced features that go on behind the scenes.
To plan the logistics of the site we used an infamous wall-sized Gantt chart. It’s a software planning tool that was originally used by the military. I stared at the monstrous chart with hundreds of tasks every day as I sat in my living room. Slowly but surely we hit the project milestones and actually came in a head of time on the project timeline.
Web Development: Jonathan Gill, Paul Hammel, Steven Haun, and Dean Wang
Design and Layout : Jonathan Gill and Yves Hellesmans - www.snyvo.com
Yves was the only member of the team not in Austin. For the most part the design was complete before the hectic coding schedule set in. Yves and I both used to review records in a previous life, which is how we know each other. It’s funny how small the world can be. I was brainstorming concepts for the web site and designing the screen layouts when we got in contact. For weeks, and later months we went on designing and redesigning the site based on the seemingly simple concept of European antiquity, mixed with a bit of a modern feel. I had the exact direction I wanted to take the site in set and Yves took it there with perfect execution.