Research

Design for Digital Media Environments – Website Page Designs

As I stated in a previous post I was going to produce sketches of some potential webpages that our website will have. To start with I created some very simple designs. Designs on the left hand side are inspired from websites such as Apple.

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Keeping all boxes centralised and in block form helps created an organised, easy to read and professional style. The only problem being that it’s not the most user-friendly design. For instance, if you wish to access the categories you have to scroll to the bottom of the page.

Designs on the left hand side come from more generic and user-friendly styled websites. Everything the user needs to see is directly in front of them, meaning finding their way around the website becomes far easier. An aspect such as the nav bar will include drop down boxes to further enhance the user’s experience.

IMG_0035One idea that I became fond of during the sketches was the idea of having a live feed in the contacts page. A normally boring page will become far more interesting and also create a continuity throughout the website as other pages will also have live feeds. It is also useful for the user as they will always be in touch with what the website is meant to offer them.

IMG_0034In my final sketch I decided to go a little more in detail. I’ve add certain aspect such as a form in the banner and also adding access to social media. This sketch is also trying to merge the two designs I’ve done earlier. As you can see it keeps its block form but also has the categories in an easy to access position, meaning you keep the style and functionality.

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Development and Realisation – Research 1

With my subject for the poster decided on, it is now time to start researching statistical data about obesity. To gather my statistics I used the website ‘The World Factbook’, which included the percentages of every country in the world. With over 190 countries I soon realised I had to narrow my field of view, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to include other aspects in my poster such as child obesity. I hereby decided to focus around obesity in the EU, meaning I would only have to include around thirty countries. As shown in the image below, when gathering all the percentages there is a lack of variety. Having the statistics of each country so similar means that whatever graphics I use they wont stand out. With all this in mind I need to go away and do more research in what countries I will include, preferably I will try to find a way to include America. One idea in mind is to use the individual American states or the English counties.

IMG_0421One of the big things I wish to do in my poster is to integrate the use of food with the statistics. As shown in the two images below I feel this is how it will be best done. By taking this approach there will be an easy to understand link between the images and the text. This is a good start into my image research but a lot more can be done such chocolate, sweets and the use of fat stick men.

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obesity IG 2

References:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2228rank.html

Image Source:

– http://thumbnails-visually.netdna-ssl.com/obesity-in-america_50290a6c4ebc7.jpg

Introduction to Development and Realisation

With Concept and Ideation behind us it time to move onto our next unit, Development and Realisation. The unit as a whole consists of three aspects, an A2 poster, research on our blogs and lastly a class critique. The poster itself must communicate a set of ideas and data whilst focusing around a subject. With many interesting subjects to pick from, I finally decided to focus my poster around the subject “what is the fattest country”? From the very outset I feel there are many aspects that I can possibly cover, from the analytical and statistical side of things to the wide age range that this topic covers such as child obesity. As you can see in the image below I have already started to brain storm some of these ideas.

IMG_0418Within the first seminar of this unit we were looking for things that would give us inspiration towards our own poster. The website http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com/showcase did exactly this. This website gave us great examples of award-winning infographics. For me personally its showed just how creative and informative you can be with such little text. The infographic below is possibly one of the best examples of this. It is also an example of a possible approach I may take to representing each country in my poster.

Corrupt IG 1I did some further research to find to some infographics that focused more around the subject of obesity. When first thinking about my design for the poster I had a real image in my head of the type of fonts and graphics that it would involve. I feel that the first image below best portrays this. The style of computer game graphics is one that I will defiantly to achieve. The style used in the final image is one that I also find interesting, the use of the map is something that I might try to integrate in my final design.
fast food IG 1

Obesity Infographic 1References

http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com/showcase

Image Source:

– http://iibawards-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/projects/images/000/000/134/large.jpg?1403717630

– http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/fastfood.jpg

– http://thumbnails-visually.netdna-ssl.com/bmi-in-america_50290bba9f6ec_w1500.png