For the past couple months, the primary gig on the Shane&Peter Inc. project calendar has been a major redesign of one of the biggest technology blogs on the net. All of us being geeks and businessmen ourselves, we jumped at the chance to re-envision GigaOM.com, as well as the rest of their very respectable roster of blog heavy hitters over the next several months. You can read a lot more in detail about the redesign over at Om’s post about the project.
The Design Duo
Reid Peifer and I are the lead designers on the project, with Shane Pearlman and Jaime Chen working closely with us through every step of the way as we slowly worked our way to an approved product. Working with such a talented and dedicated group of people really shows the resiliency of a remote team. Shane is in Santa Cruz, Jaime (from GigaOM) was in SF, Reid is way up north in St. Paul, and I’m down here in Southern California.
One might imagine that such distances might lead to disaster in such a high intensity, high exposure, high volume project like this. The simple fact is that through a disciplined schedule, daily “scrum” meetings, and a very high level of project organization (thanks to Shane, Jaime, and Redmine), even the biggest hurdles thrown our way didn’t cause too many problems.
The Rest of the Crew
The rest of the team: “Without going into the dirty details, WordPress Jedi Mark Jaquith, our in-house coding champ Chancey Mathews and our dev team of Kelsey Damas, Nick Ohrn, Dan Cameron and Matt Wiebe – many of them spread across different time zones and geographies — helped us put together the whole back end for the new site (and our blog network).” (from Om’s post).