Matthew here – with an update on what we got up to last night in sunny SW12.
Julia Bellis, who is programme managing the project brought together the motley crue of Rory MacDonald, Ghazwan Hamdan, Patrick Sinclair and little me to review progress of the Buy a Brick campaign which will be launching later this year. We’re building an interactive virtual wall, which will allow you to purchase your very own ‘brick’ by making a donation to the charity. With every brick, you’ll be able to write a little message of good wishes, or even a dedication – and then see everyone else’s donation by browsing around. We like to think it is a visual representation of what our charity is all about, by working together in small steps to build a much bigger end result.
Ghazwan has done some amazing designs for the virtual wall itself, Rory will be building the wall in Flash so it animates and interacts beautifully and Patrick has already done a large amount of work on pulling together all the code in the background which will allow you to buy the brick and add it to the wall.
It has been a truly collaborative project, and quite a learning curve for some of us – I’ve set up plenty of e-commerce solutions in the past, but when you’re working as a charity, different rules and legislation apply, so we’ve been held up by some things, but the energy hasn’t been dampened despite the red tape, and we’re on track for a launch in the early Summer (and by the looks of the weather here today, that’s just around the corner!)
You can see more pictures at the flickr group.