As part of the Praxis program, we're asked to conceptualize a few projects to work on during Module 2, pick one of them, and actually see it through. On this post, I've compiled a few different project ideas that pertain to my interest in technical skills and sales.
What role do I want?
Ever since I was 12, I've loved writing computer programs. The process of learing new libraries, reading API documentation, and actually coding is really fun and carthardic to me and I could really see myself thriving in some sort of technical position at my business partner! With that said, let's dive right into the project ideas I have.
Idea 1: Lessfolio
This idea is one that I've been mulling about for about a month and am very interested in pursuing. You see, as a photographer who is also a developer, I am in the unique position to "scratch my own itch", so-to-speak, if there is a hole in the market - and I see one.
Right now if you're a photographer who wants to make a website, you're limited to basically three options: Squarespace, WordPress, or Dunked, and none of those options are perfect. Often times, all photographers want is a beautiful, simple page that really showcases their images, has an about page, and has a form for customers to contact the business owner. They don't want all of the associated hoops and cruft that Squarespace and WordPress offer. Dunked saw this opportunity and, as a design-first website maker, started marketing towards photographers to host their images as well.
With that said, I have a number of problems with the platforms... namely:
- No image minification on uploads
- Very cold, "industrial" themes (not good for wedding photographers)
- Poor mobile theme versions
- Upload limits
- Poor dashboard for the site owner
- No "galleries" on project pages
There are a few other quips I have about the platform, but that sums up the majority. My idea is to create the first photographer-first website builder.
Idea 2: Grow a Social Media Account
I've had the opportunity to work with a number of brands to run their social media accounts, in addition to running my own (such as Explore Lincoln). I think it would be an enlightening project to take the time to really study a market and build a social media account that tailors to it, growing the following with interesting content and consistent posts.
Idea 3: Off-roading Repository
As an avid off-roader, it can be a challenge to find new trails. Sure, you can find some but you might have to spend hours looking around the web, checking Google Maps, and talking to seasoned drivers about the location of the trails, how technical the trails are, nearest businesses, etc.
I think it would be great to create a website that serves as a repository of off-roading trails that you can filter by region, length, difficulty, and more! People that have driven on the trails could also upload their own reviews and photos to help other drivers assess if they are too skilled or not skilled enough for the task.
Idea 4: Land Rover Helpdesk
For this project, I would make a website and accompanying videos on how to do maintenance on older Land Rover models. I honestly think they are the best trucks in the world, but it's hard to find information on how to work on them without paying for Land Rover's service manual. This website would provide vehicle owners with simple, easy to use instructions along with product links (for things like oil, filters, etc) to show them how to perform maintenance themselves!
Idea 5: Nebraska Young Creatives 2.0
A while ago I worked with two friends to create an event called Nebraska Young Creatives. We had a turnout of over 200 young photographers, painters, musicians, videographers, and dancers from all over the region who came to watch talks, eat, and socialize! I think a 2.0 version of it would be in order, complete with sign-up website, great speaker list, live bands, catered food, and more!
It definitely was a lot of work to put together, but it was so worth it. I think it would be great for the community to have another event like this, as college is just getting started again and everyone is amped to create!