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November 15, 2012


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Hard Sci-Fi Web Designer / Developer

kiplingw Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Hey folks,

My teammates and I are looking to contract a very creative and self motivated web designer / developer immediately. We need them to produce a website to showcase our project. Our project is a very original and exciting low budget indie / libre science fiction game currently in active development.

Our game is of the dystopian, hard science fiction, genre. It is primarily targeted towards users of the GNU operating system. We are only looking for competent candidates with an eye and passion for hard science fiction, since a designer / developer needs to combine both technical skills with an understanding of the game's thematic elements and world.

A qualified candidate should be an expert in graphic design and preparing the necessary artwork, user interfaces, user experience, accessibility, familiar with web standards, and be creative. We have no interest in using Flash, Java, or any proprietary technologies. Everything needs to be done using standard compliant and libre technologies to accomplish both static and dynamic elements. These technologies include HTML5, CSS2/3, JavaScript (AJAX / jQuery), PNG for images, and SVGA for animations. MySQL can be used. For server side programming, either PHP or Python can be used - but preferably the latter. For typography, we have a custom typeface that can be used via CSS font embedding with @font-face.

Our game is in no way influenced by anime, steampunk, fantasy, or cyberpunk, but strives for realism in the tradition of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and the like. This game is very much influenced by reality and contemporary scientific understanding. As such, qualified candidates will be provided with our game's internal design bible and some artwork after returning our NDA to us. This book is packed with information on characters, story, scientific information for the layman, and other aspects of the game world to assist them with their task.

Relevant portions of our design bible need to be read and we have no time for people that jump into things without doing research first. A qualified candidate should ask questions, lots of questions, whenever they need to and to take pride in their work. They should be comfortable reading and writing in English, but spoken does not matter, as they will be working remotely anyways.

Candidates need to be comfortable having their work critiqued and sent back for further revision when necessary. However, they're less likely to have to do this if they have cleared early on a rough sketches of their proposal before preparing artwork, cutting up, scripting, preparing style sheets, interactive elements, and so on.

Qualified candidates need to be able to follow instructions, pay attention to detail, study our artistic requirements, and deliver by leveraging the aforementioned technologies. Code should be clean, documented, and standards compliant. This is important.

We expect a turn around time of anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks with payment provided immediately when the final deliverables are met and accepted. We do not pay hourly into endless blackholes, so don't ask. We pay only for the task as a whole, and only for final accepted deliverables. We are a federally incorporated company, so unlike a freelancer, we haven't the luxury of anonymity if our intention was to swindle people, so please don't bother asking to be paid upfront.

The project maintains the copyright to the resulting work as well as working project files, but the selected candidate is given full attribution and listed in the game's credits. Unlike proprietary games, they can showcase it in their personal portfolio when we are ready. We have a fairly large project following, a lot of original fictional work and technology, and their work will be showcased to the world. Qualified candidates that are progressive with respect to libre culture are especially appreciated.

We are looking to get them started as soon as possible. Candidates can contact us at kip AT thevertigo DOT com, but must follow the following guidelines. THOSE WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THEM OR AUTOMATED BOT RESPONSES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

* Email subject heading: Job Applicant: Sci-Fi Web Designer / Developer
* Encode mail in plain text, not HTML.
* Propose cost of website, not hourly, but for final;
* approximate time required to completion;
* familiarity with the aforementioned technologies;
* a link to a relevant portfolio (do not attach, unless not hosted);
* candidate's location;
* and, lastly, any formal or informal education / training they might have.

On that last point, we won't hold it against candidates if their experience was not through formal training.

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