Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Inspiration – ABC iPad App

April 25, 2013 |  by  |  Inspiration, unfathomable  |  ,  |  Comments Off on Inspiration – ABC iPad App

 

ABC iPad App

http://www.behance.net/gallery/ABC-iPad-App/6748691

Overview: This is a mock up app intended to help children learn their ABCs through two different games, which feature animals that represent the letters. It’s an application that is based off of the designer’s larger project, “Animal Alphabet” which is a series of posters of the animals representing the letters that was compiled into the book. Taking these simple designs, the designer took it to a whole other level by going for an app that is both beautifully designed in a magazine/book page way, but has the interactivity of a game.

User Profile: The user of this app would definitely be a child who has not yet mastered his/her ABCs, though the app itself would be bought by an iPad owner (likely a parent). I see this parent as being one who wants to use technology productively when allowing their kids to use it , instead of just providing a distraction (kids seriously do love touch screens/interactivity, when I brought my iPad to my 10 month old niece over Spring Break she was constantly playing and tapping and jabbing to see what would happen).

User Interface: The interface is simple, clean, and playful, all of which fit the user of a child perfectly. The type is large, the colors are bold, and the directions are spelled out (more likely for a parent trying to show a kid how to use it). There is humor spread throughout the copy, which a parent would appreciate, while the interactive elements are large and bold so a child would intuitively want to click on it. I love the vector style of the animals too.

Functionality: Though this app has not actually been developed yet, the video above shows the functionality pretty fell. The navigation flow is different but perfect – it shows the two different game options by type and each slide has clickable back/forth arrows (a little too big for my liking) that are consistent. Great features like sound (animal noises) and pop up bubbles that tell you if you’re right or wrong (with wording that encourages kids to keep trying/feel rewarded) really make the app. The only thing that bothers me is as far as I can tell from the video and picture mock ups, there’s no way to tell that you need to swipe down on the cover to reveal the navigation. My intuition would be to swipe towards the right as a vertical alignment for games/magazines seems more rare.

Interactive Design Inspiration: Danger of Fracking

March 12, 2013 |  by  |  Inspiration, Malaria  |  ,  |  Comments Off on Interactive Design Inspiration: Danger of Fracking

http://www.dangersoffracking.com

This is a site that educates readers about the danger of fracking and advocates the transparency in energy industry to disclose all chemicals used in fracturing fluid. The reason I pick this site is that it guides readers through the process of fracking in a strong visual manner.

User Profile

This website’s target audiences are individuals who are concerned about the environment and the pollution caused by the energy industry. The target audiences have a wide age range from 15 to 55 and are passionate about the environment well-being especially water quality. This site is designed to educate readers about the fact about fracking that not many people have knowledge of but has caused serious problems. The problem of fracking is occurring worldwide regardless of nation or border, thus people all over the world regardless of gender, ethnic, or culture are intended to learn from this site. It is not difficult to navigate through the site; users only need to scroll up or down and hover over the buttons to view the content. Low technical ability is required. However, users do need to have internet access to view the site.

User Interface

This site exhibits content in a very interesting and interactive manner, which ensures effective communication. The overall graphic style is simple, bright, bold, which instantly attracts users’ attention. The fluent and logical flow of graphics guides users to learn about the subject in a progressing manner. The information also appears in a brief yet memorable way that gives users essential information about the stage they are at. The users learn about the subject while enjoying the process. The users are able to experience the process of fracking as a water drop on the screen, which allows them to be in the process. This links readers to a subject that seems distant and irrelative and brings the problem to their concern. Nonetheless, the site will be more user-friendly with more interactive elements that encourages users to participate in the content.

Functionality

This site is very simple but functional and practical. The site from top to bottom is the process of fracking. Users navigate through the site to experience the process and learn about each stage. The site provides brief but critical information about the stage users are at that gives a basic understanding of the subject. It exhibits a strong use of simple graphic navigation. There is, however, too little explanation about certain critical information. The site should incorporate the options to allow readers to explore more information.

Tim Burton’s awesome flash website!

March 7, 2012 |  by  |  unfathomable  |   |  Comments Off on Tim Burton’s awesome flash website!

http://timburton.com/

Really really cool video

February 13, 2012 |  by  |  unfathomable  |   |  Comments Off on Really really cool video

http://www.nowness.com/day/2012/2/7?ecid=ema1640&CID

More cool stuff!

February 8, 2012 |  by  |  unfathomable  |   |  Comments Off on More cool stuff!

http://synapticstimuli.com/

COOLEST MOOD BOARD EVER

February 8, 2012 |  by  |  unfathomable  |   |  Comments Off on COOLEST MOOD BOARD EVER

http://mood.fleve.eu/

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Some tabletop inspiration

April 5, 2010 |  by  |  unfathomable  |  ,  |  Comments Off on Some tabletop inspiration

Sam’s LIVE From 315 Brainstorm

March 31, 2010 |  by  |  Project Four, Student Work  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off on Sam’s LIVE From 315 Brainstorm

I just realized how terribly hard it is to find good music sites! I went through my itunes and was looking at websites for some of the artists that might have enough $$ to have an awesome site, and I was very disappointed! Some really crazy/talented/wellknown musicians have really ugly/boring sites. Some of them don’t even have any music on them!

Top 5 Sites!

1. purevolume.com

This site was pretty clean and simple. The method of listening to music was also really simple and easy to do. It wasn’t like a big box with a playlist like most sites had, which I really appreciated.

2. JasonMraz.com

I really love this site. The use of sound is hilarious. I really wouldn’t expect anything less. It makes it really easy for the user to get rid of the sound or switch to music or back to the voice too. I love the voice though.

3. http://www.kttunstall.com/

The site’s music player isn’t amazing, but it uses what looks like a tooltip, that doesn’t go away, to let you know that the song is playing. It is simple, and a little above that little box playlist that I really don’t like.

4. http://www.mikasounds.com/

Mika’s site has that little box, but alas, it was integrated pretty well. It doesn’t stand out and look hideous. What I do love about this site is the navigation. The big loopy circle actually moves when you want it to, and it is really cool.

5. http://www.adele.tv/

Overall this site has little to be desired. It is really rather boring, but I do like the integration of video as the header image. It has a pull down menu on the bottom right corner that easily allows the viewer to switch videos, and simply clicking on the video pauses it. Very convenient considering the real lack of play/pause/stop buttons.

5 WORDS!

Connection/ing, unity, dedication, movement, time

and I really wanted to include wood, since in one of the videos the man said that almost all instruments are made out of wood, and wood can provide really nice visuals and textures. 🙂

Visual Concept

I am not exactly sure where I can see this going visually quite yet, I may magically think of something right before I go to sleep, but right now I am thinking of something more raw and organic. Musically comes so naturally to these people and people in generally are naturally attracted to music, so to me it seems appropriate. The two things that I am visualizing in my head are wood and a brick wall, both which could/would be defaced/graffitied appropriately to suit the video and music style. When one would chose or click a video it would appear and the artwork on the surface would start to appear and grow, giving the viewer a sense of what they may be seeing/listening to.