Knowledge and growth define Warn Wilson Jr. as a person, as reflected in his multitude of projects. From painting a black child’s face taking a bite out of the Earth as if it were an apple for an educational children’s book to designing electronic devices for his online business, Wilson loves to dive into new disciplines and share what he has learned with others.
The engineer, poet and visual artist developed a curiosity for almost everything around him growing up in Jackson. Remembering his own childhood experience and love of learning inspired him to write his first book, titled “brown silver.” In it, Wilson introduces kids to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — which involves subjects, economics, and potential career paths that may suit young readers’ interests.
“When I was writing “Brown Money”, my (first) children’s book, I thought, ‘What do I want my future children to know?’ I have younger siblings and cousins, and that helped me think about it,” he explains. “It encompasses everything I wish I had known when I was younger.”
After repeatedly describing his book idea to friends, one told Wilson that he should stop talking about it and actively turn his passion towards achieving his goal. “I wrote the book in two days, illustrated it in three weeks, and a month later I had a copy in print,” Wilson says of the 52-page book he published in 2019. .
Since completing “Brown Money”, Wilson has written other works, including “Royal Advisor,” “silver brown 2” and “Hidden Treasures: A Collection of Poetry.” During his career, the 29-year-old has also created a handful of math textbooks for students in grades 2-5:Brain Food: Multiplication Math Workbook,” “Brain Food: Subtraction Math Workbook” and “Brain Food: Addition Math Workbook.”
As an artist, Wilson sells his paintings online and turned the prints into planners which are available in many colors. Through his company, Vondu, the entrepreneur and electrical engineer creates gadgets such as emergency phone chargers, anti-loss smart devices, wireless chargers, solar batteries and more, all available at The Vondu website.
Ná Bruh Trivia app
A master of details, a collector of knowledge, and a man who yearns to spread his many talents in multiple directions, Wilson has recently ventured into app design. When he originally published “Brown Money”, Wilson designed a deck of cards to accompany and reinforce the book’s lessons. Using this model, he created a collection of 100 puzzle cards called “Ná Bruh”, which is what players are supposed to say when someone answers a question incorrectly.
“It sounded like a good name for the game,” he says. “But I just wasn’t happy with it, and it sat there for a few months.”
Wanting to incorporate his love of learning and teaching into his own app, Wilson decided to create a quiz app that revamped and expanded on the original idea. “I thought a virtual format would be more interactive and fun and allow me to add a lot more content,” he adds.
While currently living and working in Memphis, Wilson has never forgotten the city that made him who he is today. Growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, Wilson attended Power APAC and Murrah High School. So, while creating quiz categories for Ná Bruh, he added a Jackson category that touches on the multifaceted history of the capital.
“I had never seen anything like this about Jackson,” he explains. “I wanted to promote Jackson as my hometown, and I wanted Jackson to be on the App Store. When I started researching the history of the city, finding all these random facts, I realized that there was so much to know that was interesting about the capital.
Spending almost all of his free time designing the app, Wilson wrote the blueprint in just 10 weeks, detailing its framework, game rules, and how each screen should look. Then he dove further down the research rabbit hole and meticulously generated a list of questions that he typed into the program himself.
“I do a lot of technical writing, which requires me to break down complex information into an easy-to-understand format,” he says. After fixing necessary bugs and correcting typos, he was ready to find and hire a developer to bring the game to life.
“I’m an engineer, so I can design and plan, but I’m not a game programmer, they’re even more methodical than me,” Wilson laughs.
The current version of the quiz has 5,000 questions in 12 categories: Jackson, Memphis, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, 1990s, 2000s, Sports, Hip-Hop, TV and Movies , and “Super Smart”. the new name of the category containing the original puzzles.
Wilson aspires that people who use the app will enjoy learning more while having fun along the way. “I’m looking for a lot more feedback before I get to version two,” he says, noting that his fiancée has previously suggested he come up with trivia content that targets women more directly. “She assures me that she will help me add more categories and more questions.”
Ná Bruh is available on both google play and the App store and costs $2.99 for a one-time download. In addition to refining Ná Bruh and expanding its reach of facts, Wilson plans to turn its “Brown Money” book and card game into an app designed for kids ages 7 to 12.
“The app will be a single-player game using ideas from the book,” says Wilson. “For example, if a player takes in something positive like fruits and vegetables, or invests in stocks and bonds, they gain health and money.” He aims to launch the game by the end of the year.
Going forward, Wilson strives to further quench his thirst for knowledge while enthusiastically pursuing areas that pique his curiosity. “My idea is that you should learn everything you can about whatever interests you,” he says.
“Try everything. Even if you fail, you can still gain valuable information.
To learn more about the many efforts of Warn Wilson Jr., visit warnwilson.com.