Created and built entirely by writer Robert Jabaily and me, Peanuts and Crackerjacks was the most visited feature on Bostonfed.org from May 2013 until July 2016. Nothing else on the entire site even came close. Now, I would never recommend removing the most popular feature on your website but in 2016 the Communications Department did just that. They were worried that, because the game was built in Flash, people couldn't play it on their iPhones so they removed the game entirely from the site.
When the project began in early 2007, iPhones weren't a design consideration yet. My managers did not consider the game to be a high priority so the project went very slowly for years. By the time it was finished, in 2013, iPhones were everywhere. Even still, the game was the most visited thing on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's public website for the next three years.
This game was divided into 9 innings with 9 questions each. Expecting a middle school student to answer 81 questions in a row is crazy but removing questions was not an option. To solve this problem, I created a scored version in which a user could play from inning 1 through inning 9 and an unscored version in which a user could start at any inning. Take a look below at some animation and details of the UX process.
The customer gave us a soft deadline and we made the game a high priority. I was the only Flash Designer at the company so I took the project with me when I transferred to a different department in 2008. It wasn't a high priority for the new department so it took longer to release than we had originally planned. However, working on other projects and attending UX, UI and IA courses during this time helped refine my User Experience and Usability Testing skills. Peanuts and Crackerjacks definitely benefited from that.
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I worked on both the game and Sports Page answer website. I tested them on students and interns and refined them based on the results. The end product was very successful.