Jason BlockDesigner and Front-End Engineer

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June-August 2012 • Summer Internship


I worked as a UI developer intern for Picplum, a YCombinator photo-printing startup for a summer. I took features from idea to production code, including Instagram integration and printable greetings to be sent out with batches of photos.

Front-end development (BackboneJS), Back-end development (Ruby on Rails), Interaction Design, Blogging

Team: Akshay Dodeja, Paul Stamatiou, Celine Nguyen

Links: Picplum, Techcrunch

My biggest project was to enable users to print their Instagram photos. We wanted people to be able to connect to their Instagram accounts without having to create an account and enter in all of their personal information. Users could connect their Instagram accounts without leaving the page, and add photos to their print queue in seconds.

Up until this summer, Picplum users could only print 4x6 copies of their photos. Another one of my projects was to enable users to customize both the print size as well as a caption to be printed on the back. All changes are made in-place and routinely updated on the server in case of a page-refresh.

With the graphical help of Celine Nguyen, my first project at Picplum was to allow customers to add a customized greeting to each order. Each greeting is printed on the same quality paper as the rest of the photos in your order, and features a beautiful photo of the Golden Gate Bridge.