Month: February 2015

Design for Digital Media Environments – Ideas/ Research

As I’ve learnt from previous projects the more ideas and research I can conduct then the better chances I will have of producing a higher quality product. From this I have started to brainstorm and look into ideas that may work and also aspects of website designs that work well.

Before being put into groups I wanted to come up with some solid ideas for the website that I could possible pitch to my group. As I discussed last week I was thinking of a website that tells students where the cheapest aspects of life are, from food to clothes. The biggest advantage of this idea is that it meets one the briefs requirements of meeting a target audiences need. As we know students aren’t loaded with money and are always looking for a bargain so this ideas meets their need directly. Mind maps really help me in this situation as you find yourselves taking an idea even further. For example students can post on the website of where their favourite lost cost items are.

Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 16.04.08Another idea I came up with came from using Openstreet Map. While using Openstreet Map I thought it was great how interactive it was, it felt like your making more of a differences than just posting a comment of social media. With this in mind I thought about a globe that you could post and plot where you’ve been in the world. You would not only see your travels but the whole worlds and be able to see images and videos that they have posted. A great aspect of this is that it merges the interactive side from Openstreet Map to familiar use of posting images and videos. In a certain way it could be used as a review website of holiday destination. A problem that could hinder this idea is that it doesn’t meet any target audiences needs, mainly because websites are already in place, such as Tripadvisor.

apple website 1The design phase of our own websites will upon us sooner than we realise so looking at websites is going to be great way to get inspiration. Two website that standout to me are Apple and Ebay. Both these websites carry a trait of having a simple and organised design. The boxes they use are all positioned in the middle of the page, meaning that for any user it’s very easy to read from to top to bottom, rarely having to look left or right. A design trait that I wish carry on to my website.

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References:

Ebay.co.uk,. ‘Electronics, Cars, Fashion, Collectibles, Coupons And More | Ebay’. N.p., 2015. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.

Cdn.iphonehacks.com,. N.p., 2015. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.

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Design for Digital Media Environments – First Ideas/Task 1

Even though its early in the project I have come up with a simple idea that I personally think looks promising. The idea consists of targeting a student based audience whereby a web application can find the cheapest and best aspects from all corners of life, being from food, lifestyle and leisure. This idea may go no where or the backbone to our project so I feel its important to think of as many ideas as possible.

It is also important to note that my posts wont just consist of the technical know how but more on exploring the broader digital media environment, something that can be seen in the tasks we undertook this week. The first task I under took was to add a photo, video or diagram to wikimedia. I decided to add a time-lapse video of the Norfolk broads to wikimedia commons. Wikimedia commons stores media content such as videos and images but without the copyright laws. Meaning that you are free to use anything found here as long as certain restrictions are met, such as giving appropriate credit. For my piece of work I decided to use the shareAlike license. This license states that, “if you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original”. The main reason I picked this license is because my work now has the possibility to reaching out to so many people, something that just posting it Facebook could not achieve.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 11.33.14The next task involved adding detail to an openstreet map of the Bournemouth University campus. An openstreet map in a certain way is a canvas that everyone can add to. Unlike Google maps where aspects of a locations may be missing, openstreet maps enables users the ability to insert items themselves, such a cashpoint. When looking at the map I saw the car park at the top of the campus had not been fully labelled so decided to fill the whole area. The great aspect of openstreet maps is that its interactive, a trend that is being seen all over media and with increasing popularity. I also feel it has the ability to bring users back to website. In this instance you’re not just a consumer of the website but someone who is making a difference. I know personally that I will revisit this map over Google Maps any time.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 12.00.04I decided to take this further and look at the small village I live in, figuring not many landmarks would be pointed out. I turned out to be correct and found that our local pub and its car park had not been highlighted so was able to edit this in. This idea is a great one, as you feel like your making a real contribution, it may be small but it might help someone somewhere.

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Design for Digital Media Environments – Brief

A new semester means a new unit has begun. Similar to previous works I will be posting my findings, inspiration and progress throughout the project. The brief states that we must, “create a “social” Web based application that addresses a specific “problem” of a target audience of your choice”. This may seem relatively simple but nitty-gritty comes from building the website from scratch.

The website will include a database which will store users information so they can post on the website. The framework of the website and database will be made possible through the use of PHP and SQL. The process of producing the website and writing the code will be made easier through the work we’ve been doing with Kyle.

Another important part to this brief will be working in groups. The early part of this project will be untaken individually, while we learn more on the process of making a website. Later in the project we will be put into groups of three were we will produce the website. It will be very important throughout the task that we maintain constant and clear communication. One of the ways in which this will be possible is through Github. Rob introduced us to Github as a great place to store, backup and make collaborative adjustments to each others coding.