Project Reason is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. The foundation draws on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers in a wide range of disciplines to encourage critical thinking and erode the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.
The site evolved considerably over the course of working on the project. Sam first approached us with the idea of a simple web site to promote the work of the foundation, but his needs grew, and grew, and grew some more.
Working closely with Sam we came up with a multi-phase web site development powered by ExpressionEngine. It includes a fully customized forum, a completely overhauled Wiki with annotation system (to annotate the full text of the Bible, Quran and Book of Mormon, also included), RSS feeds that republished articles into a moderation and review queue, and interlinked Image Galleries with flagging, tagging and commenting. Members can create and monitor their own local reason project discussion groups. New groups are added to a Flash-based, geo-locating map of the United States. The site also boast comments on all articles, extended user profiles, a user-customized home page, public tagging and a volunteer approval system.
From a technological standpoint Project Reason is one of our most complex sites. Overlaying the structure are many layers of member permissions, allowing the site to be run by dedicated volunteers, who edit articles, approve sub-volunteers, moderate comments and submit content.
Design-wise, the clean lines and striking color palette were chosen and are, we think, some of the most pleasing and modern-looking work we’ve done.
In December 2009, we launched the Project Reason contest system as a new aspect of the site. The contest system is a fully custom template-based implementation for EE. It uses multiple stand-alone entry forms to allow users to upload and manage photo and video submissions, and utilizes the Solspace Favorites module to record user votes.
It’s an ambitious undertaking, and Hop Studios is proud to be a part of it.
Update: In January 2010 Hop Studios won an award for Project Reason in the American Design Awards’ 2009 Monthly Design Contest. Very exciting news for us, and a sign of a job well done.