Conceptual Development

Interactive Media BU

Meeting Client 1

Today i had the first meeting with my client Golden. Basicly i had done some user testings, sign-off the ‘client-centred project questionaire’ form, also i showed her some typical sites about overseas students studying in UK. I took ‘Education UK’ as an example to explain her what navigation, interface design, interactive facility are, cause it seemed that she didn’t have much experience in this area. Then we discussed about the content and information about our project, she had given me a really good feedback, finally i worked out a basic structure of the website with her help. I will draw some diagrams or sketching and think about the navigation for the next few days, hopefully i can finish those things in this week.

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February 22, 2006 Posted by | Issues in Interactive Media Production | 1 Comment

some sites

Here i found some sites which might be useful for my project, i can talk about these sites with my client.

Chinese:

http://www.educationuk.org.cn/news/index.jsp?cat_id=27

 http://www.tigtag.com/community/overseas/area_3_1.asp

http://www.21abroad.net/abroadnews/studyabroad_uk.html

English:

http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/visitors/

http://www.studyabroad.com/

http://www.ukstudentlife.com/Links/China.htm

 Lastly, two useful linking sites:

http://www.studyabroaddirectory.com/search.cfm

http://sacu.org/links.html

February 20, 2006 Posted by | Issues in Interactive Media Production | 1 Comment

Time schedule

Week 16(2.13-2.19), Ensure the project topic, take basic research of that subject, find suitable clients and colleagues, finish the schedule.

Week 17(2.20-2.26), Meeting with client,finish basic user testing,also doing further research; Start making storyboard, doing some interface design and also navigation.

Week 18(2.27-3.5), Finish user testing and intermediate research; Make the site structure and template; Design the interface and navigation;

Week 19(3.6-3.12), Complete the site designing,including the interface and navigation, web accessbility; Finish the final product and get some user feedback.

Week 20(3.13-3.20), Present the product via peer evaluation, then finish the contextual analysis during the easter.

February 20, 2006 Posted by | Issues in Interactive Media Production | Leave a comment

New client

Today i was lucky enough to get my new client (user), her name is Golden, she was actually my classmate in high school. She arrived here just a few weeks ago, so she doesn’t know this place so well. I do believe my site is really helpful for her to getting used to here, and hopefully she will give my some useful suggestion and comments. She agreed to be my client and i planned to have meeting about the project regularly. Also i introduced my general thinking about my project and told her a little about the accessibility, what she knew little about. This seemed to be a good beginning of my new idea. Looking forward to more.

February 18, 2006 Posted by | Issues in Interactive Media Production | 3 Comments

Notes for accessibility

Although i had known this word ‘accessibility’ for a long time, but i didn’t pay much attention to it. Until today when i was doing my issues project,(it is really like a ‘project’ for me) i noticed that i must consider this issue seriously.

So far i am lack of the knowledge and experience of web accessibility. I have done some research today, i found that accessibility is easy to understand, but hard to do. Especially when you are defining a project, there are so many features you should consider for the accessibility.

Here i found some basic tips of accessibility web design, from WAI http://www.w3.org/WAI/References/QuickTips/Overview.php

Let me begin with these basic concepts for designing web accessibility.

10 Quick Tips

  1. Images & animations: Use the alt attribute to describe the function of each visual.
  2. Image maps. Use the client-side map and text for hotspots.
  3. Multimedia. Provide captioning and transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.
  4. Hypertext links. Use text that makes sense when read out of context. For example, avoid “click here.”
  5. Page organization. Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. Use CSS for layout and style where possible.
  6. Graphs & charts. Summarize or use the longdesc attribute.
  7. Scripts, applets, & plug-ins. Provide alternative content in case active features are inaccessible or unsupported.
  8. Frames. Use the noframes element and meaningful titles.
  9. Tables. Make line-by-line reading sensible. Summarize.
  10. Check your work. Validate. Use tools, checklist, and guidelines at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG

© W3C (MIT, INRIA, Keio) 2001/01

February 17, 2006 Posted by | Issues in Interactive Media Production | 1 Comment

Meeting progress

Today we had a meeting after the class.

We defined some typical identites we want to involve, we talked about the filming details of the video clip,  also we drew a almost finished picture- the final impression of the product.

During the next few days, Gideon will take more research on identites, how we present our idea clearly, how to join those characters and identites elements together. Jemee and i will try to draw more details of the images, and try to take as many photos as we can for our product ,in case of needed. 

February 16, 2006 Posted by | Digital Art Production | 1 Comment

Idea changed

Monday i had tutorial with Claudia, and i didn’t do well. For last couple weeks, i had only done some research on my two ideas: Anti-art and Cantonese culture. Althought i felt interested in them, but i found these two projects are hard to access for me. Because now i am in UK, all material i use should be original,like sound, pictures, video clips. So i can’t get those related material here. And there are lots of wonderful sites about art or culture things, so i don’t know what i can do to make my project even better or more special. So i am considering giving up these two ideas.

Luckily this morning i had a new idea after talking to my friend(Rakesh). What about making a site to introduce local chinese or chinese students’ lives in Bournemouth? This will be realistic, it can help those chinese who are planning to study or live here, also i take research on how chinsese live here, i plan to put more point at cultural comparism, like how they adjust their habits and lifestyles, how they meet culture shock and overcome it. Moreover, i will introduce the general information of this city and the living environment.

For accessing this idea, i think myself can take pictures of those target people, i can interview them, then i will ask Abi(animaiton) or Rakesh(Jouralism) to help me with video things and Tony(Sound) to help me with interview sounding. So i can make most of the materials myself or from my colleagues’ help. Also i have some chinese friends in China who can be my clients or users.

Although this project seems quite simple, i think it will be qutie useful, also the task is suitable and not so difficult for me, it would be like a little project, but more pratical for me to learn about project management.

February 15, 2006 Posted by | Issues in Interactive Media Production | 2 Comments

D.A.P group meeting

Today we had a group meeting, we talked about our idea further and we made some images and video chips as example to show for our presentation. Hope that tomorrow we can explain our idea clearly so that people can understand us and give some feed back to us.

Group Meeting

 

February 12, 2006 Posted by | Digital Art Production | Leave a comment

Idea for DAP

Today we(Jemee,Gideon,me) had a meeting for our D.A.P project successfully. We agreed to join our slightly different ideas together. And we came to our working topic: Identity.

Jemee showed us a Flash to explain his idea, he pointed out that one person living his life is like walking a long way, the person will experience a lot, meet different kinds of situation and problems. So he is interested in showing people’s thinking about the life itself.

Gideon let us watch a video called ‘Who are you?’ to make us understand his brainstorming. He claimed that in nowadays, people have so many various culture, fashion, lifestyles, identites, people feel hard to face so much information and living content from the society. People mix many kinds of identities and lifestyles, but they sometimes feel so confused about themselves. They are getting lost in this global village, in this fast changing world.

I had been thinking the similar things with them. Sometime ago i wanted to make a piece of video clip to explain my thinking in this area. I wanted to find out what the real life is, what the real thing we are. But i failed to because i was lack of skills and experience. Now i got the chance, we three can cooperate to take research in this area and try to make a piece of art to show what we think, what we understand from different backgrounds.

We felt quite happy with our meeting, and we will meet at Wednesday to discuss about how we actually work for our project.  That’s great!

February 6, 2006 Posted by | Digital Art Production | Leave a comment

D.A.P Group

I forgot to say, Jemee,Gideon,and me from a new group for the D.A.P project, last Thursday we had a meeting about our ideas. We will keep thinking about the idea and developing it though the blogs and meetings. Also we talked about our teamwork and cooperation, how to divide the work, how to join together…and so on. That’s a good beginning of our group project. Looking forward to our good ideas!

February 4, 2006 Posted by | Digital Art Production | Leave a comment