One Bit Experience, Part 2
After many weekends of paper cuts, headaches, and paint stains on our clothing, we are proud to present One Bit Increment, the experience site. Take the hungry coo for a walk through our paper crafted forest to find potatoes to fill his huge belly. Admire the scenery, meet (and squish) hedgehogs. Climb higher and higher! Click here to experience the mini-site now (requires Flash), or continue reading to learn of the difficulties and turmoil we encountered while working on this project.
Each piece was sketched out, drawn on a piece of watercolor paper, painted, then cut out and glued together. Then, we photographed the elements and arranged them digitally. It took a lot of experimentation because not everything looks great photographed, but the result was worth it. Now we have a beautiful mini-site for our homepage, and Camile's room is filled with many tiny paper sculptures.
Fitting all that paper into a website was no easy task, much of our development time was spent creating technical tests and demos to ensure the site would run well on most machines while retaining small file sizes and high-quality visuals. But the most exciting technical aspects of the site, a background that turns into night once the sun sets (Los Angeles time) and a simple weather system that mimics the Los Angeles weather forecast, were actually the easiest to implement. The website queries Yahoo Weather and simply uses the data to set the weather variables. For example, when it rains in LA, it'll rain in the one bit world!
This project was a challenge, but a great learning experience for both of us. We might make more posts later to document particular details and challenges, but this is enough writing for now. You can view our previous posts One Bit Experience, Part 1 and Paper Garden to read more about the process. Or go visit the site!