For this assignment, I really wanted to have fun and create something that was exaggerated and preposterous in order to get my point across. I was assigned to illustrate gluttony, I combined elements such as glamour and sexuality with an excessive amount of food, particularly junk food. My idea was to have mounds of food rain down from the sky, and have an obese super model fall from the sky and land in the pile of food.
The illustration I created is very over the top and whimsical, I wanted to the viewers to feel like they were in a wonderland or some sort of heaven. For this reason, I incorporated pink, fluffy clouds in the background that move softly throughout the animation. I tried to pick out colorful foods, and foods that were also especially fattening and luxurious.
The animation becomes especially exaggerated when the supermodel falls from the sky, into the food and bounces and smooshes the pile. Because the woman is wearing a skimpy bathing suit and some high heels, while rolling around in food, I think the image also emphasizes vanity and sexual desire.
I decided not to have any interactivity because I did not feel as if it enhanced the illustration or helped to communicate my point, if anything I thought any links or buttons may just confuse my viewers.
For this assignment, I really wanted to create an infographic that would connect with my first project that I created. Therefore, I decided to stick with the topic of the Titanic and evaluate the survival rates and death rates of Titanic passengers.
The information provided is divided into gender and into social class. I created colors to correspond to each class: yellow signifies first class and is indicated on the top section of the ship. Pink signifies second class and is shown on the section next to first class. Third class is represented by the color aqua, and is located underneath both second and first class. Crew is also represented by a dark grey color and is located at the bottom section of ship, underneath third class.
The survival rates of each social classes are further divided by children, women and men. The lightest shades represent children, the medium shades represent women and the darkest shades indicate men.
I am pretty happy with the way the piece turned out, I just think that I could do a better job of illustrating the information differently and easily. If I had to change anything, I would include more data, filling up the entire top section of the infographic. I think actually numbers would have also been neat. I would love to revisit this assignment and create buttons for each of the individuals classes and genders. That way, once the information pops up, the audience could click on each bar to receive further information.
Learning interactivity was definitely more challenging than I had anticipated however, practice makes perfect and after spending several hours trying to figure it out, I can easily guide my way around. It was very rewarding to finish this piece with successful interactive elements.
List of Tutorials Used
PDF – Class 11/6/13
PDF – Class 11/13/13
For this project, I decided to recreate a scene of the Titanic. As a kid I was always fascinated by the Titanic, I used to watch the movie over and over. Because I knew I would be spending a great deal of time on this project, I wanted to choose something I really liked.
After several failed attempts at creating an idea or a solid storyline, I decided to use the Titanic due to the fact that the scene would definitely draw emotion as well as keep viewers interested. In addition, the scene has its own storyline, complete with a beginning, middle and end.
I decided I did not want to add any people or human presence in this assignment because I thought it would look too hokey and change the vibe of the piece as a whole. I think the lights flickering on and off help to create a sense of urgency and sadness to the sinking ship. I think the clouds also look very realistic and I like how they flow off the stage when the ship begins to sink.
List of Tutorials Used
Audio PDF – Class 10/16/13
I decided to blog about Virgin America’s interactive site, called http://experience.virginamerica.com/.
I decided to blog about Virgin America because I am a frequent traveler. Because I am from Colorado, I am forced to fly home a minimum of two times of each year for Christmas and summer break. I have been on more airplanes then I can even remember, however it is easy for me to recall my flying experiences. I can just picture the exhausted and unenthusiastic flight attendant rushing down the aisle, accidentally smashing toes and knocking into knee caps. I can feel my neck become cramped and the seat belt rubbing into my belt line. And I become frustrated just thinking of having to take out my expensive shampoo at the check in counter, just so I can avoid paying an extra 75 dollars. (cough, cough, United). Seriously, I do not even have to think hard about it, I hate airlines and I hate flying.
When I stumbled upon the Virgin America Experience I really was not expecting too much of anything, maybe a half assed attempt at trying to change my mind. Lower fares? “ Whoa, dream big!” I thought. However, as soon as I clicked on the first button, I was surprisingly hooked. I ultimately picked the Virgin America site because it was able to change my opinion about flying, it was able to give me some sort of hope and new outlook on future experiences in the air. Virgin America did more than just convince me, it was able to show me that my decision to fly with them was not only correct, but better than anything else before.
The Virgin American Experience is appealing to all travelers, probably to business men and women, students, anyone who has a destination. Any one over the age of 18, or anyone with access to a credit card has the opportunity to access Virgin Mobile. The user is probably somewhat impatient and disgruntled with airlines, trying to find cheap prices and polite and competent service representatives. The user is looking for a site that is efficient and easy to use, probably something that can be accessed on a tablet or mobile device, anything fast and easy. Access to wi-fi would be required to access the Virgin America Experience.
The user interface for the Virgin America Experience is very simple and easy to use. Red buttons must be pressed, dragged, and released in order to continue on. Additional red buttons appear throughout the experience; users can click on these buttons to receive more information about the creative thinkers and designers for Virgin America. The buttons also give further details regarding entertainment, food, and other benefits of flying on with Virgin
At the end of the piece, users can learn more about available destinations as well as look at pictures from customers and their experience while traveling with Virgin America.The user interface could be a little bit more pronounced and involved, I wish there were a few more buttons and features for users to use.
The site definitely functions pretty well and easily delivers its message to its audience. The majority of the experience is delivered through video, there is not too much going on at once and there is a great amount of clarity throughout the entire piece. However, when you press the red button to find out more information about the designers, there are some technical glitches, the piece skips around a little bit and its hard to figure out where the piece left off.