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Big Spaceship is a place where pushing the limits meets extreme deadlines on a regular basis. The keys to success? A philosophy that affords close collaboration and communication, coupled with a couple of clever solutions to common problems... and some really ugly placeholder art. Join Jamie as he details the way the Spaceship ticks and how you can apply these fundamentals to your own process.

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FITC 2010 Slides

  1. 1. e Importance of Whiskey While Working FITC 2010 Jamie Kosoy Associate Technical Director Email: j.kosoy@bigspaceship.com Twitter: jkosoy #fitcwhiskey April 25, 2010 Monday, April 26, 2010
  2. 2. Hello Welcome to an inside look into the zen of the Spaceship. Monday, April 26, 2010
  3. 3. Okay, Here’s the Situation Your parents went away on a week’s vacation... Monday, April 26, 2010
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  8. 8. Five Key Goals Monday, April 26, 2010
  9. 9. Five Key Goals • We’re proud of our work. Monday, April 26, 2010
  10. 10. Five Key Goals • We’re proud of our work. • The client is proud of it, too. Monday, April 26, 2010
  11. 11. Five Key Goals • We’re proud of our work. • The client is proud of it, too. • When people use what we make, it’s a positive experience. Monday, April 26, 2010
  12. 12. Five Key Goals • We’re proud of our work. • The client is proud of it, too. • When people use what we make, it’s a positive experience. • We get out of work on time.* Monday, April 26, 2010
  13. 13. Five Key Goals • We’re proud of our work. • The client is proud of it, too. • When people use what we make, it’s a positive experience. • We get out of work on time.* • We learn along the way. Monday, April 26, 2010
  14. 14. The Basics of our Process Practical, philosophical, and otherwise nonsensical insight into our day-to-day operations. Monday, April 26, 2010
  15. 15. Everyone is an Expert From the CEO to the newest intern, everyone’s say is important. Monday, April 26, 2010
  16. 16. Strategy Production Design Development Monday, April 26, 2010
  17. 17. Strategy Production Design Development bad. Monday, April 26, 2010
  18. 18. Strategy Production Design Development good. Monday, April 26, 2010
  19. 19. Dream Big Monday, April 26, 2010
  20. 20. Romantic Comedy Movie Websites Monday, April 26, 2010
  21. 21. Romantic Comedy Movie Websites Romantic Comedy Movie AND Horror Movie Websites Monday, April 26, 2010
  22. 22. Romantic Comedy Movie Websites Romantic Comedy Movie AND Horror Movie Websites Movie Websites Monday, April 26, 2010
  23. 23. Romantic Comedy Movie Websites Romantic Comedy Movie AND Horror Movie Websites Movie Websites Flash Websites Monday, April 26, 2010
  24. 24. We are not a Flash shop. We are a creative agency. Making things is just a part of what we do. Monday, April 26, 2010
  25. 25. Be the User Build things for people, not just yourself (or the industry). Monday, April 26, 2010
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  27. 27. Get out of the Flash mindset. Monday, April 26, 2010
  28. 28. It's like when I buy a horse. I don't want a thick neck and short legs. Mickey Rourke Monday, April 26, 2010
  29. 29. Prediction Flash may or may not be in the industry in 5 years. If you can’t adapt to the changing landscape, you won’t. Monday, April 26, 2010
  30. 30. Work Smarter Not Harder Monday, April 26, 2010
  31. 31. Mise En Place Everything in place. Everything in order. Monday, April 26, 2010
  32. 32. How does mise en place apply? • Name your layers and keep them organized. • Version files. Ideally adopt Git or SVN. • Simplify schedules and deadlines for everyone. • Review the contract with everyone! • Write the easiest, most important code first. • Have an agenda before you schedule the meeting. Monday, April 26, 2010
  33. 33. Frameworks Aren’t [Always] the Answer Starting from scratch is good for the soul. Monday, April 26, 2010
  34. 34. Features Time Blank Document Code Igniter WordPress Monday, April 26, 2010
  35. 35. Stay Inspired! Don’t wait for the right opportunity to do something you love. Just do it. Monday, April 26, 2010
  36. 36. Adobe Max 2008 An iceberg wonderland made out of construction paper. http://bit.ly/bss_adobe_max_2008 Monday, April 26, 2010
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  46. 46. Tim Burton at MoMA A stairway of imagination. http://bit.ly/bss_moma_timburton Monday, April 26, 2010
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  54. 54. Inspiration isn’t limited to designers... or client work. • Weekly dev meetings and dev “challenges” • Monthly budget per discipline for ANY purpose • Friday show & tell breakfasts • An EXTREMELY active internal blog • Book binding, screen printing, etc Monday, April 26, 2010
  55. 55. Speak the Same Language Monday, April 26, 2010
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  59. 59. Build Ugly Monday, April 26, 2010
  60. 60. FPO: The Beast Behind the Beauty Those with weak stomachs, shield your eyeballs. Monday, April 26, 2010
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  65. 65. Drink Lots of Whiskey Especially during regular office hours. Monday, April 26, 2010
  66. 66. Whiskey Consumed 10AM 12PM 2PM 4PM 6PM 7PM Productivity Normal Ideal Less than Ideal Monday, April 26, 2010
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  70. 70. Strive for Excellence, not Perfection Monday, April 26, 2010
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  76. 76. Stay Positive Monday, April 26, 2010
  77. 77. In Conclusion • Everyone is an Expert • Dream Big • Be the User • Work Smarter Not Harder • Stay Inspired! • Speak the Same Language • Build Ugly • Drink Lots of Whiskey • Strive for Excellence, not Perfection • Stay Positive Monday, April 26, 2010
  78. 78. anks Questions? April 25, 2010 Monday, April 26, 2010

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