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Wrath – Hutton

December 12, 2013 |  by  |  Inspiration, Project Three, Student Edge Projects, Student Work, Tutorials  |  Comments Off on Wrath – Hutton

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Knife is displayed on screen and is animated to move up and down.

Click it and the stage animates in blood, first slowly, then quickly. The screen fills with blood until the whole thing is covered. And then WRATH appears. You can click the white knife to replay the animation.

Hutton-Project 2

November 20, 2013 |  by  |  Project Two, Student Work  |  Comments Off on Hutton-Project 2

I chose to focus my info graphic on the differences between those in poverty and those who have wealth. In a Syracuse.com article, it was reported that we have hit another low in terms of unemployment. We’re worse off than we were last year. I decided to explore what that meant exactly. In the article, it explained more people than ever in the area are turning to shelters for help.

And as it terms out, the value of food stamps in our country are being debated. Many congressmen are trying to cut he budget for food stamps, leaving many citizens hungry. California congresswoman Jackie Speier called these leaders out on this by outing them for spending nearly $200 dollars a day on food while on a trip to Ireland. This is not the only example. She sites other congressman spending their stipend on luxury foods as well. Meanwhile, those on food stamps in New York can only spend about $5 a day on food.

This stark difference is money for food is alarming and shows that the people making decisions about how their citizens live do not properly understand how their policy decisions impact their lives.Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 3.11.38 PM

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Project 1: Keith Haring

November 20, 2013 |  by  |  Project One, Student Work  |  Comments Off on Project 1: Keith Haring

I chose to use Keith Haring as inspiration for this project. When I was younger, my mom had recreated some of his paintings and hung them above my crib. They’ve stayed in my bedroom since, so his art is something very sentimental meaning to me. I wanted to briefly capture his life in this short animation.

I stole from Haring’s pop art. He uses bright fun colors and heavy black lines.

Haring was born in Reading, PA. He lived there until university. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh before moving to New York City to pursue his own artwork. I illustrated this through animating the iconic Haring baby through Pennsylvania. Flags pop up in these landmark cities, Pittsburgh and Reading. He moves on to New York and the transition happens through the change in color. This scene is brighter and more vibrant for him because it was in NYC where he flourished and thrived as an artist. Keith Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 and a year later he established the Keith Haring Foundation. Its purpose is to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for his work. In his final years of his life, Haring used his art to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS. I tried to capture this in the red heart that haring used in a lot of this later artwork. The end screen has a link to his foundation.Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 4.22.30 AMScreen Shot 2013-11-20 at 4.23.07 AM Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 4.23.29 AM

RIA Site Critique Chloe Hutton

September 2, 2013 |  by  |  Inspiration, Project One, Student Work  |   |  Comments Off on RIA Site Critique Chloe Hutton

Overview

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http://intothearctic.gp/en/

I chose this site because I found it compelling and it’s story relavent and important. Often we are presented with dense information in a way that is not engaging, whether in a presentation or on the news. Into the Arctic is a greenpeace movement calling people to protect the disappearing arctic from  oil companies.

User Profile

The user seems to be a young, environmentally conscience man or woman in their 20-30’s. They are in tune with what’s happening in the world. They’re interested and social justice and making the world a better place. They hold liberal beliefs and believe that big business are doing more harm than good. They’re probably middle class Americans who have been raised to appreciate the world and preservation. They have strong technical abilities and appreciate modern design. They have easy access to internet, even on mobile devices.

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User Interface

They’ve adopted the flat design trend using muted colors and very simple icons.  The animations on the buttons are smooth and bring out a pop of color to the design. That movement of the map and the incorporation of video make the site really engaging without being overwhelming. The use of imagery and copy work well together, making the content more digestible. The site looks great in the Background, where type and images are well balanced.

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But in the actual stories, I think the hierarchy gets a little lost. My eye doesn’t really know where to look first. The map is used well, but I think it’s size gives it too much importance over the actual story. Also, it feels like the time and date fights for attention with the the title of the actual story.

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Funcitonality

The site functions well for the most part. There are plenty of call to actions all over the site even tucked away in the articles. I think the content could be condensed down because some of it seems repetitive. Like having the 4 icon sidebar appear on the Petition page. Also, I think a site like this should be fully responsive. Some of the images shrink down and move, however, things like the petition, which seems  to be the main function of the site, is not responsive.

The audio as the site loaded sometimes became fragmented, which definitely takes away from the modern experience they’re trying to give off. The zoom in on the map animation does not work for me. I think it load time is too slow. It’s not very engaging to watch the line being drawn on the map at that pace.Screen Shot 2013-09-02 at 3.22.34 PM

Also I feel like it takes too many click throughs to get to the actual information within these story portions.