Concept, Design, Coding
In the summer of 2012 I was brought back into a project that I first pushed for in 2010. I did a large amount of design and architecture work to figure out how to collapse several of the tracking systems at FedEx. The project grew legs and began work in earnest. In the meantime, however, I was brought over to lead the mobile team in design, development and direction.
About 18 months later I was brought back in at the end of the development cycle for this project. An architect was needed and they brought me in to apply much of the design.
The design for the application had to maintain the brand and expression of the rest of the website, while also looking forward toward our mobile offerings I had designed.
This was going to be the first time the website used the Placard design that I first introduced back in the FedEx Desktop application 4 years earlier.
We also were bringing the My Shipments component to the fedex.com homepage, so speed and memory consumption was a big concern.
I also designed a timeline view of the Travel History section for details and a truly designed Print view to simplify and organize the printed page.
These applications were designed as an SPA, or single-page application for the website. This presented some architectural challenges as some of the parts of the system would also need to be presented on the fedex.com homepage — one of the particular reasons I was brought in on the project.
The difficulty I had defining an architectural separation in an already built monolithic system was a major reason we have Qubed Peas today.