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Sin: Pride

December 13, 2013 |  by  |  Project Three, Student Work  |   |  Comments Off on Sin: Pride

 

 

 

 

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To represent the sin pride, I choose to depict it through reflective surfaces. My concept was that someone who is overly proud, to a point of vanity, would go out of their way looking for reflective surfaces in day to day items. Things like spoons and windows become ways to admire yourself. For design style I choose a subdued color pallet and simple silhouette illustrations to keep all the items unified and give the graphic an antique vibe. The typography I choose is Jubilat, a slab serif that matches the aesthetic of the images. I was inspired by Saul Bass’s movie opening credit scenes like in Anatomy of a Murder.

Infographic: Undergraduates for Better Education

December 13, 2013 |  by  |  Project Two, Student Edge Projects, Student Work  |  ,  |  Comments Off on Infographic: Undergraduates for Better Education

My infographic shares the information the group Undergraduates for Better Education gathered by conducting surveys focusing on student’s Syracuse Education. The data I selected from the study is separated into three pie charts, each with a different focus. The three topics are how enthusiastic professors are in the classroom, how many options the students felt they had for selecting classes and how students evaluated teacher’s assistants.

The challenge I faced when it came to depicting education was representing it in a manner that is not over done. Because of this I opted to style my graphic in a clean, modern manner. For typography I choose the two typefaces Brandon and Chronicle. They compliment each other well in that they contrast styles. As for color selection, I wanted to have fun with the color scheme to bring some life and energy into my project, otherwise it would easily get too dry.

 

Home screen:

 

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Class Morale screen:

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RIA site critique: Lizzie Hart

September 3, 2013 |  by  |  Inspiration, Project One, Student Work, unfathomable  |   |  Comments Off on RIA site critique: Lizzie Hart

FIRESTORM

Overview

http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/may/26/firestorm-bushfire-dunalley-holmes-family

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I choose this site because I wanted to look at an example of an interactive alternate news story format. Recently I have been noticing online various news sites creating interesting ways to tell stories with full page photos, videos and graphics. After the New York Time’s published “Snow Fall,” there have been similar long form, multimedia stories popping up throughout the web. The purpose of this particular site by The Guardian is to tell the story of an Australian family who just nearly escaped a forest fire that whipped through their home.  The story alone is powerful in that the reading imagines being in the family’s frightening position. With the addition of the quality photo editing, information graphics and compilation of interviews The Guardian has put together a compelling piece.

User Profile

I would say the most common user of this site would be a middle aged person who reads the Guardian regularly and is invested somehow in Australia or wildfires. Their interests may be natural disasters or news in general. They may be a reporter, fire fighter or just anyone with these interests.The user may live in Australia, near where the fire took place. The viewer would need access to an internet browser and flash. The user wouldn’t need many technical skills though. The site makes it easy to navigate for those who are inexperienced with the internet and technology.

User interface

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The interface of the site includes a menu bar on the right hand side. (see image) This breaks the site up into more easily digestible chapters. In each chapter there is a combination of scrolling text, ambient sound, moving background images, auto play videos, and controllable videos. If you roll over the chapters on the right it is broken up into subchapters that again make it easy to navigate, and skip to the parts you are interested in.

Over all the site has a clean straightforward design. The large type is easy to read and works well with the background images. The subtle ambient sounds works to add dimension. The videos are powerful and add to the emotional reaction the viewer has.

Functionality

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The simple scrolling functionality makes it easy for the user to navigate the site. It is a linear experience. The viewer simply moves down the page, and new elements like videos and images pop up. This downward motion makes sense to the viewer and is natural.

One thing that frustrated me was that some videos were auto play, while others were controllable. I wish this were more consistent. As the user I’d like to be able to control all the videos, and skip through parts I don’t want to watch.

Another larger scale issue I have with the site is there is no way to get a quick synopsis of the story. Sitting down to experience the site takes quiet some time. This may not be practical for the average person. It is a big time commitment to experience the entire story.