For the first time in my life a junk email inspired part of a project. The Cosmic Surgery website which launched at the start of the week was directly influenced by junk.
Last month, to get into the mindset needed for the Cosmic Surgery book, I started signing up to multiple cosmetic surgery websites asking for brochures and advice on surgery’s I would never have. This research resulted in a tidal wave of junk emails filling my inbox everyday, and multiple phone calls with cosmetic surgery groups convincing them that I really had changed my mind and I didn’t need that facelift after all.
One morning waiting in my inbox was an email about a ‘virtual breast enlargement’, the spark of an idea that led to the website we now have.
Designing a website has been lots of fun. Josh Emerson helped turn mine and Alma’s escalating crazy ideas into a thing. I’m used to working with paper and thinking about user interaction in books, not on a screen. But it turns out Josh has a lot of patience and he managed to translate my paper based descriptions into something that works online.
As I mentioned in my previous post we never wanted our Kickstarter campaign to be based on pestering people to pledge, the Cosmic Facelift was an attempt to make our campaign playful even for those people who don’t want to pledge money.