Let this be a testament to Web 2.0 and the effectiveness of rapid development frameworks: I built a full-featured dating website (http://mingle2.com), from concept to launch, in 66.5 hours. In a typical 9-5 job this would amount to about a week and a half. Deliverables included:
The Idea – Cooking up a brand with a name, identity, and purpose; Planning – Creating functional specifications, visual wireframes, and information architecture; Design – Creating mock-ups and defining aesthetics, typography, positioning, and color; Development – Writing the actual code; Testing – Ironing out the kinks; Launch – Going live
I’ve always been interested in doing a “site raising” for charities where we conceive, design, and build a site in a Saturday.