Thursday, October 12, 2006

In my secret identity as a web designer & product manager, I'm very proud to announce the launch of the new version of our flagship content website, Expert Village. We're all incredibly excited with the relaunch, and our new focus on internet-driven, expert-supported how-to videos. Most of the video produced since video began was created for entertainment purposes; very little of what you find on a YouTube, for instance, is educational or informative, it's mostly fun music videos, people getting hit in the crotch, or similarly entertaining stuff. We're trying to become the best source for reliable, proven how-to video anywhere on the 'Net, and this is our big introduction to the world.

I designed the look and feel of the entire site, although of course the "breath of life" (aka the back end) is due entirely to our great development team, two of the smartest guys around. We're still in the middle of the deployment process, so bear with us for the next 24 hours as we get all the kinks worked out. I just couldn't resist blabbing the news! This is what's been occupying most of my working time for the last two months or so, and I am very pleased with how it's turned out. That $1.65 billion YouTube got paid didn't hurt morale around here either, I can tell you that much.

Anyway, as a sample of the kind of thing we're all about, I thought the Nerd Country audience would enjoy this particular clip, hosted by a Hollywood fight-coreographer, and featuring a band of bloodthirsty pirates.


Anonymous said...

This is AWESOME! What a great idea, and I could spend hours here looking at all the "how-to's!" The lime one is cute, but I loved the fencing. I didn't realize it was so complicated -- Johnny Depp made it all look so easy, chicky. Great job, Jeff!!! -- Denise

Jeff Hebert said...

Thanks Denise! We have high hopes that this will go over well. Only time will tell, I suppose. In any event, it's a real relief to finally have it done.