As we scrolled through our Twitter feed yesterday, we were met with a lovely surprise.
This may be non-news to those who don’t understand our journey, but for geeks like us – it’s very exciting.
Positioned alongside a collection of skilled developers from around the world, our creations and contributions sat proud to inspire other members of the programming community.
Websites had remained pretty much the same for a long time.
After fifteen years developing websites for clients, we were ready to try something new. So, in the Summer of 2018 we decided to embark on a long – and at times, difficult endeavor.
Next generation website design
There was the mobile revolution a decade ago which forced us to learn how to code adaptive, responsive mobile-friendly websites (a change which ultimately forced many old-school developers out the creative space).
The 3D web has really just started to take off, with some fantastic work coming from larger agencies in major cities across the world. This would be our next major hurdle as a website design company, and we were determined to adapt.
Technology was once again evolving, thanks in part to faster and more affordable computers, highly capable mobile handsets and a new breed of virtual reality headsets hitting the consumer market.
Driven by relentless curiosity and determined to learn the skills needed to give our clients the option to explore 3D, VR and AR technologies as part of our offerings – we took a huge risk.
We researched a number of cutting-edge software libraries and eventually settled on one which caught our eye.
The creators named it ‘A-Frame’ and it opened up a whole new world of possibilities for our development team.
It was new and experimental but offered a framework in which to develop cool 3D websites, games and virtual reality / augmented reality applications in the web browser (so it could be deployed in a realm which we were already familiar with).
A-Frame had only been around for a year or so, but was well documented and had a growing community of excited developers who were all starting to experiment with the game engine and create some really cool stuff.
In the time that we had spent learning how to build using A-Frame, Google’s Chrome browser announced that it would be supporting what were experimental features, as standard.
This was a big step for web browsers, and confirmation that we had chosen the best framework in which to develop the next-level experiences offered to clients today.
We’re happy to join the growing number of developers currently creating amazing interactive content for well-known companies like CERN, Chevrolet, Disney, Ford, Google, Magic Leap, NASA, Samsung, Sony and Toyota.
The excitement we felt when first learning to design websites in the 2000’s is officially back. We can now give visitors the ability to step inside their screen and take a look around, instead of scrolling up & down as on traditional 2D sites.
Are you looking for a website designer to develop immersive 3D environments that can be experienced in a web browser without the need to download separate software?
If you’re interested in giving your customers a sharable, interactive virtual reality or augmented reality application – contact Planet Voodoo® on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.