Though the California Academy of Sciences is the oldest natural science institution on the West Coast, it is one of the most forward-thinking. They came to Odopod looking for a mobile experience that would connect with their audience using 21st century means.
We focused on creating a mobile site optimized for smartphone web browsers such as the iPhone. However, we also created a complementary XHTML web site for less sophisticated mobile phones that would allow the Academy to reach nearly all mobile users.
Rather than miniaturizing the existing web site designed for PC browsers, we focused on identifying uniquely mobile use scenarios. We included a solid general overview of the museum's exhibits, events and programs, but applied specific efforts on creating features that would be of special relevance for mobile users. To that end, we created a set of features that assisted users on the day they visit the museum and another set focused on using social media through their mobile phones.
More than a small site for a small display, the mobile web site for the California Academy of Sciences is designed to be a great site for users on-the-go.
I'm excited we got to design a site that prominently features a penguin and a pinned beetle. It's not every day you can do that.
It's been thirteen years since we started Odopod.
We've always wanted one thing: to do the best work of our lives. Along the way, we have been joined by an eclectic and exceptionally talented bunch of people who wanted the same thing. Together, we've built a company we love.
Two years ago, Odopod was acquired by Nurun.
The acquisition was a validation of everything we had built. It was also a catalyst for some big changes we wanted to make. We began to tackle bigger, thornier problems and to work all over the world. With Nurun, we've had a series of huge wins and have been producing our best work yet.
That's why we recently decided to retire the Odopod brand, formally adopt Nurun as our name, and take the reins of Nurun's US operations.
We're all still here—same team with the same appetite for great work, only now with different e-mail addresses and more frequent flyer miles. And we're growing, so send your talented friends our way.
Keep an eye out for new work from Nurun. It will be our best yet.
Tim, Dave, Jacquie, JT & Guthrie
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