One of the most enjoyable projects I’ve worked on lately was a site that has helped myself and countless other nerds do the impossible – stay in shape! Steve Kamb is a writing maniac who has taken the ultimate plunge into what I would consider a “pro blogger”, as he now makes a living from his Nerd Fitness brand. Oh yea, and he’s also travelling the world over the course of 9 months for just over $400. Not too shabby.
It all started while I was distracted at work by Hacker News, when I stumbled across Steve’s post about travelling the world on frequent flier miles. At the time I was just getting into Twitter, and decided that Steve was definitely worth following – and I noticed that when I followed him, it made an even number of 1500 followers for his account. Coincidentally, the minute I noticed it he tweeted something about it, to which I replied, and it sparked a conversation that eventually carried over to email. He really took the time to thoroughly answer some questions I had about his business and entrepreneurship, and I was really honored that he took the time to engage with somebody who had a measly 5 followers
While unable to sleep a few nights later, I was in the mood to design and opened up my laptop. I remember how….ugly…. the orignal Nerd Fitness was (sorry Steve!) and I went ahead and made a few touch ups for his theme. Fast forward three months and 54 emails later, I present to you the brand spankin’ new NerdFitness.com.
Highlights of the new design:
- Custom live Twitter integration in his header speech bubble
- Custom Aweber.com mailing form integration
- Custom Google Maps “Epic Quest” integration
- Dynamic font replacement for blog titles and headings
I think it turned out great and Steve is a happy camper. Be sure to follow him on Twitter to get updates on his Epic Quest of Awesomeness. Props to you Steve, keep on keepin’ on!