Tap Tv was a month away from public release when I started at AMI Entertainment. Not only did they need an elegant companion website to help spread the good word about Tap TV and all it has to offer, but it also needed to supplement the app with a few key features.
I collected questions I had about my users’ contexts, attitudes, and motivations. Questions included: “What influences a player to try destination gaming” and “What types of information are typically looking for.” I also coordinate efforts with our Chicago-based development team to understand what shortcomings the native app couldn’t support.
A National Schedule for Everyone.
Our Trivia schedule was nearly always under active development and regular shuffling. So any player solution needed to be responsive and flexible to handle any changes that could come down the pike ahead of any app release.
I coordinated with the engineering department to expose schedule information through a public API. Getting the information was then only half the battle, though. I then had to recompile the data into a format accessible for visitors to quickly glance at and know what's playing along with a full descriptive schedule with a time adjusted for their location.
Using Information I could retrieve directly from the users device and moment js. I would then shift our standard UTC schedule to display relative to their current time zone.
Wordpress was selected as a cm of choice because several employees had previous experience with it as a publishing platform and enjoyed it. I also had suitable enough experience with it to know it would meet our requirements.
underscores.me was used used as a starting framework theme. Sass/compass was used to keep our css clean, tidy and responsive.
In conjunction with our Chicago development team, I partnered up to help develop an API to retrieve our trivia schedule information. To display this information, a custom plugin and post type were also made to display this information.