The next unit is Design for Digital Media Environments which requires us to work in groups of three and create a Web Application which addresses a problem of a target audience of our choice. In order to create this we have to utilise the skills we learn in the HTML CSS and PHP workshops each week. Wider reading will also be beneficial in this unit as it will further our skills when working in HTML/PHP, both Lynda.com and Code Academy will be visited frequently throughout the task.
In our small groups we must use a centralised database in order to achieve a social application, and on this application, there should be a basic authentication system which can run different levels of read/write access.
Despite the fact we are working together collaboratively, we are keeping individual analytical blogs. Blog posts should reflect on all aspects of our creative, intellectual and technological development throughout the course of the unit. Evidence is needed in blog posts such as code snippets, sketches, screenshots and research into our target audience.
We have been given our brief for the development and realisation unit of our course. The assignment is split into two separate tasks. The first assignment is to produce various blog posts which display material which assisted me with the understanding of the design and the different planning and research methods I followed. These posts should follow up to the final A2 poster and represent a journey of development from initial ideas to the final product.
Planning and research are key in any design as it enables you to explore every element of your idea and gather feedback and look on the project with different perspectives.
The second assignment is to create an A2 poster which shows evidence of planning and research posted on the weblog. The poster needs to visually communicate a set of data which is easy to identify and requires no supporting material – such as a verbal or written explanation.
The brief offers up 10 different subjects to gather data on and visually represent it. The three that immediately jumped out at me were “Where have you been and when”, “Who lives the longest” and “What is the fattest country”.
Once I have selected a subject I will move on to creating the poster following research into the specific subject area.
Following this, the second part to the poster assignment is to give a verbal presentation of my A2 poster in a class critique. This should be a chance to explore how my poster demonstrates my initially intentions and ideas. Problems and challenges along the way should be discussed and an explanation of how I overcame these challenges would be required. The main aim of the critique is to assess my work and identify how I managed to respond efficiently to the set brief. Questions will be asked and answers should be prepared in order to demonstrate that thought has gone into the possible areas class members may pick up on.
DEADLINE – a) Weblog Monday 12th January 2015 (noon)
b) A2 Poster Monday 12th January 2015 (noon)
c) Critique Thursday 15th
For the first week of university the majority of our lectures were for us to get to know each other and find out some more information about the course we are about to study for three years. In one of these lectures we were given various tasks to complete during the two weeks, these included; a photo collage with our seminar, purchase a sketch book, create this blog and to create a mind map which would outline what we hope to achieve by the end of the three-year course.
After these tasks had been completed and the first two weeks of university were over, we got down to some proper media theory lectures which we have already been given an assignment for that’s due in for the end of October. We have to analyse a media text which applies to either text or audience and we are required to link to media theory via the standards of Harvard Referencing. I am not familiar with this so am going to have to use the various resources available and make sure that I correctly use it in my essays.
Following the lectures, we’ve had two workshops. The first one was on Adobe Photoshop and we learnt some basic skills. I am quite familiar with the program so it was a refresher for me but some students have never used the program so it was a good way of making sure everyone was brought up to the same level. The second workshop was much more difficult as it was on Programming which is something I have never done before. We created various shapes on a software called ‘Processing‘. We only touched over some basic techniques and codes but it gave everyone a taster of what will follow. The software is free to download so I have downloaded it in order to help me practice when out of the workshops and build on my skills.