FMP Development Diary Week 7

This week I started to plan out my e-book by creating wire frames and a design document.

Tuesday 

I created wire frames on paper to plan out the layout of my e-book. I created three wire frames; one for the first page and two for the normal page layout. The reason I done two for the normal page is because I am not to sure to create my e-book in a landscape or portrait, so I was experimenting on the look of the page.

Wednesday 

I started my design document by looking at colour of the logo I’m going to have, the colour of the font I’m going to use. I chose a bright red for the logo because the logo is going to look like a classified logo. The font colour is a black/dark grey, a similar colour to a pen or pencil. I also looked at page colour, which is a tea stained yellow. This is so it looks like a classified document. I also created digital wire frames to put into my design document as well.

Thursday 

I finished creating the digital wire frames. I created four digital wire frames, I did this so I can get a look at how the e-book looks on a digital format. There was two first pages wire frames because I wanted to see what the title will look like if there was a straight title or a curved title. I chose to create my e-book in landscape when I was creating the digital wire frames because it looks squashed together if I created the e-book in portrait. I also added technical specification, audience, pages/sections, fonts and navigation to the design document.

Friday

I created a prototype for my e-book to experiment on interactivity and how I could use it. I tried multi-state objects and button interaction. I should have tried video as well but I did not because I was not to sure how to implement into my e-book. I also finished my design document by creating moods on what I want my e-book to look like. I then started to look at pictures to use in my e-book.

I feel this was successful in what I planed out to do. I planed out to get my prototype and design document done this week and I did. But I feel I could have got more done if I did all my task one at a time and not split them up because I had to remember what I was doing.

FMP Design Document

FMP Development Diary Week 6

This week we started pre-production stages of our Final Major Project. The previous week I was advised to change my timeline to an e-book and instead of the doing the entirety of World War Two, do a single battle. So I chose to do the Battle of the Bulge.

Wednesday 

I researched the Battle of the Bulge because most of the my previous research of World War Two was lacking detail due to me originally going to give a brief explanation what the battle was when I was doing the timeline. I also found a documentary called Greatest Tank Battle on YouTube which had an episode on the Battle of the Bulge.

nukecell (2014) Greatest tank battles the battle of the bulge. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsaQdYmTPtY (Accessed: 14 June 2016).

Battle of the Bulge Research

Thursday 

I did more research, this time on interactivity and design layouts. I found out information from a book called The Principles & Processes of Interactive Design by J Steane. The pages of book I used explains why balance, shape, space, size and scale are important. I also found a website that recommends good interactive websites.

Best web and interactive Websites (2010) Available at: http://www.awwwards.com/websites/web-interactive/?page=1 (Accessed: 14 June 2016).

Steane, J (2013). The Principles & Processes of Interactive Design. United Kingdom: Fairchild Books. 118-142.

Friday 

I continued to do research into interactivity and layout design by looking up multi page layouts. I also had a look at a couple of websites that are recommended on the website I found on Thursday. I found out by experimenting on these websites many ways you can use interactivity, for example the Now You See Me 2 website uses the scroll wheel to travel through the website. Also the website is just an interactive trailer for the movie.

Shore, L. (2015) A Designer’s Checklist For Designing Awesome Multi-Page Layouts: 15 Must Know Tips. Available at: https://designschool.canva.com/blog/multi-page-layout/ (Accessed: 14 June 2016).

No Author. (2016). Now You See Me 2. Available: http://www.nowyouseeme.movie/. Last accessed 14th June 2016.

The Revenant | now playing (no date) Available at: http://www.200miles.com/ (Accessed: 14 June 2016).

BNP Paribas partenaire du prochain film de Luc Besson: Valerian et la cité des Mille Planètes (no date) Available at: https://www.valerian.bnpparibas/ (Accessed: 14 June 2016).

Emirates (2016) Experience the view from above. Available at: http://viewfromabove.emirates.com/3d (Accessed: 14 June 2016).

Interactivity and design research

I feel that this week could have been more productive by doing more research into interactivity and layout because my research I have for the battle and Word War Two out weights the amount I have for interactivity and layout design. I also feel I could have started to plan out layout as I was doing the research as the knowledge is still fresh in my mind.

 

Final Major Project Research Task

For this task we had to research three things. The three things I researched was key turning points of World War Two, best way to layout information and useful ways to ways give out information. After we had to answer some question:

Why is it important to know?

What will I learn from this?

What are the best methods/sources of research?

Evaluate the research.

WW2 Research

Visual research

Focus Group and Final Ideas

For this task we got into groups and discussed our three ideas for our Final Major Project and give feedback to the other people in our groups about their ideas. The purpose of this task was to finalise my Finial Major Project with opinions of other people, so other people review my three ideas.

Feedback on Video idea:

The video was going to be a video about alternate history on if Germany won the Second World War. One bit of feedback I got was the idea has not got a lot of elements to it (quite simple). The video was simple because there was interactive elements to it. I was going to have a 2D drawing of a character that is like a narrator that tells the events and explains what happens. One suggest I got for this idea was use voice actors but I want to use my own voice. Another suggest is I could create a live action scene, this would be a good idea so people might be able to take in the information better if they can visualise it but that might take too much time to create. I do feel this idea is quite simple in the terms of interactivity but it could take a while to create though.

Text Based Adventure idea:

For this idea I was going to create a text based adventure story in a InDesign document. Each page will have different choices and scenarios that will lead you to a different page depending on the choices you make, so there will be multiple story branches. One problem that was pointed out with this idea was was it could get too complex and take a lot of time doing because where there are multiple story lines where the story could go. A pro for this task that I was given from feedback was it has the potential to have a lot of interactivity. I do feel out of my three ideas this was the weakest because I do not have a lot ideas with this project and I did not get a lot of feedback on this idea as well, so I do not know how to improve it either.

Interactive Timeline idea: 

I thought up this idea when I thought to combine the two previous ideas. I was going to create a interactive timeline on key events of during the Second World War. Some positive feedback was it would contain visuals and interactivity, so it will not be boring and easy to use. I said I was going to add videos into the interactive timeline so people do not have to read blocks of text and not get bored. The only problem with this is it will take a lot of time to complete and it could get complex having lots of pages to do. Another problem is it could take a lot of time to create with all the content like visual stuff like video and pictures. I do feel this is my strongest idea because I know a lot of knowledge of the Second World War and I enjoy learning history.

Final Idea:

From my feedback and suggestions I have chosen to do the Interactive timeline because the Second World War is a history subject that interests me and the other people in my focus group also suggested it as well. This task also will allow me to use multiple skills I learnt over the year. I can use skills in InDesign, Photoshop, Premier and audacity.

Action Plan:

  • Research key information and ways on producing it.
  • Plan layouts of the timeline.
  • Get useful images.
  • Write Scripts.
  • Record voice overs.
  • Create 2D character/narrator.
  • Create video.
  • Create timeline in Indesign or in another format.

 

The Inspiration Behind My Idea

Who are they and what do they do?

An inspiration for my idea for my Final Major Project, which is going to be an interactive historical timeline, is a YouTube channel called vlogbrothers (vlogbrothers. (2007). vlogbrothers. Available: https://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers/featured. Last accessed 29th April 2016.) who have a number of channels other than the vlogbrothers. The other channels that include SciShow (SciShow. (2011). SciShow presented by Hank Green and Michael Aranda. Available: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYTClx2T1of7BRZ86-8fow. Last accessed 29th April 2016.) and CrashCourse (CrashCourse . (2006). CrashCourse presented by Hank Green,Adriene Hill and Jacob Clifford . Available: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6b17PVsYBQ0ip5gyeme-Q. Last accessed 29th April 2016.). Vlogbrothers channel explain popular subjects like news events. CrashCourse is the channel that mainly create educational video series that explain science, politics and history.

While CrashCourse does have videos on science, they explain a large subject while the SciShow explains a certain subject.

What work have they produced? 

The vlogbrothers produced educational videos over three YouTube channels. Each video has no bad language and no violence, so each video is child friendly. I think the creators of the videos have school use in mind when creating the content. They also add a bit of comedy to their videos to make their videos more enjoyable, so people are not just sitting there taking in a lot of episodes. They also use animation by in their history videos to explain information that would be difficult to explain by using just words, so they make it easy to understand visually as well.

 

What makes their work interesting?

What makes CrashCourse interesting is they add a bit of humour to their videos so it is not boring. They also use animation to simplify the historical events to make it easy to understand.

Why is this person/company important?

CrashCourse is important because they create interesting videos and do not give out the information in blocks of text. I hope to do something similar in my Final Major Project, I hope to make the information I give out not boring and as interesting as theirs. I could also use their videos as research material to gather information for my project as well.

What do you think their inspirations were?

I think their inspirations were the high school teachers because at the end of their history videos the host always gives credit to his high school history teacher, who also helps him write scripts for the episodes. So their years of education could have inspired them to create their videos, maybe they thought they had something similar when they studied the subject of the video.

What techniques and skills do they use?

A technique and skill they use is they use animation created by another YouTube called Thought Cafe/Thought Bubble (https://www.youtube.com/user/ThoughtBubbler/featured). The purpose of the animation is to make some parts easy to understand when an detailed explanation is required, so they do not have to go in more detail and bore their audience. Another skill they use is comedic. They add some comedy into their videos to make them more interesting, for example in their history videos, they have a running gag when ever the Mongols are an exception. They also make their set look like a classroom, so this shows the purpose of the video is for educational purpose and their target audience is generally in education. The classroom set would probably make people feel more comfortable because most of the time when people learn new information and skills is in a classroom or some sort of learning environment.

How are they relevant to your project?

CrashCourse is relevant to my project because I hope to create a something similar to their videos, either a similar video or an educational application that gives out information in similar way they do. I can also use their videos as research material to gather information for my project.

What can you learn from them?

I can learn useful ways to give out information, either present via an animation or how to present the information with some comedic elements. I can also learn useful information from their videos to use in my project.

 

 

Product Review

Product 1

What if Germany Won World War II?

Part 1-  AlternativeHistoryHub . (2015). What if Germany Won World War II? (Part 1). Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSCuE7jmFa4. Last accessed 28th April 2016.

Part 2- AlternativeHistoryHub . (2016). What if Germany Won World War II? (Part 2). Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qsdxkRhapU. Last accessed 28th April 2016.

Part 3- AlternativeHistoryHub . (2016). What if Germany Won World War II? (Part 3). Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRcVGO1s9Sw. Last accessed 28th April 2016.

Part 4- AlternativeHistoryHub . (2016). What if Germany Won World War II? (Part 4). Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkDf_cNNA6k. Last accessed 28th April 2016.

What is it for? The Purpose?

The purpose of these videos are to educate people on how the world would be different if Germany won the Second World War. The videos focus on how life could be different in not just Germany but the other countries and also focuses on social life as well. The videos contain simple animations that make it easier to visualise information. The animation is simply a digital picture that changes depending on what the narrator says.

What form does it take? Why was it chosen?

The form this product takes is a four part video series. This is done to make it easier for people to visualise what could happen. But there is not a lot happening in the actual video so you could just listen to as well, similar to a podcast, so you could listen to it instead and focus on other tasks as well.

Which platform is it on and why?

The platform these video series is on is YouTube. This is done so anyone can access it for free if they have an internet connection. The AlternativeHistoryHub might be able to turn the four part series into one one hour long DVD so people can watch it without an internet connection.

Which genre is it? What makes it that genre? 

The genre of the the video is historical because it is a documentary about alternate history but it contains some historical accuracy in due to the events prior to the alternate events. Another genre is documentary because informs people about how life would different if an event in the past.

Who is the audience?

The target audience of this video series is probably men in the age range between 25-35. It is also targeted at people who like history/alternate history genre and similar products like Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Strengths 

The strength of this product is the easy accessibility of it due to it being online and you can watch on almost any digital media, for example phone, tablet, game consoles and smart TV’s. Another strength is it is informative about real facts, even though it is about a alternate timeline.

Weakness 

A weakness of these videos are they have a lot of information to take in. It can be a good to have a lot of information but if you have no knowledge of anything in the videos it can be difficult to understand.

Product 2

World War 2 History Timeline

 

Every Time Apps Studio. (2015). World War 2 History Timeline APK. Available: http://apkpure.com/world-war-2-history-timeline/com.andromo.dev295341.app398313. Last accessed 12th May 2016.

What is it for? The purpose?

The purpose of this app is to give out information about key dates and events about World War 2. The app gives out information on a timeline starting in September 1938 and ends in December 1945.

What form does it take? Why was it chosen?

The form it takes is an application on a Android mobile device. This was chosen so anyone can use the app anywhere with an internet connection. The app is also free so really anyone can download it and use it.

Which platform is it on and why?

The platform this app is on is an Android device. The platform was chosen because most Android devices are touch screen and it allows to have interactive elements like swipe to scroll and the ability to add videos and pictures as well. The app does require a internet connection to work because the videos on the app are embedded from YouTube.

Which genre is it? What makes it that genre? 

The genre of this app is documentary. It is a documentary app because it informs people about events and dates about the Second World War.

Who is the audience?

The target audience is people who are interested about history. The general target age is probably adults between the age of 25 to 45 because the app is not the most complex in the world and it does tell you to swipe to scroll but it does not tell where or what to to scroll. It is probably created for people who do not know a lot about the war and back history of it.

Strengths 

The app is free and has a lot of content for a free app. The app has a lot of useful information for a person who is in some form of education. The information is simple to understand and is not a huge blocks of text. It also has videos that simplify information and talks about less well known events.

Weaknesses

A weakness for this app is it has a lot of frame rate issues, it jumps about often when trying to swipe a long the timeline. Also there is not an offline mode, the app contains videos that are embedded from YouTube but there is text that also explains the videos as well. An offline mode would allow people to use where ever they want instead of needing a place with an internet connection.

What I learnt

From reviewing these two products I have learnt good ways on presenting information and some good ideas on what I would like to do for my Final Major Project. I would like to create a video that has the simplicity of the AlternateHistoryHub videos and detail of the video and the World War Two timeline.

 

SWOT Analysis

Alternate History Video

This idea is to create a video of how the world would be like if the Second World War has ended different. This video will contain voice over, editing, 2D drawing, stock photos and simple animation. With preparation for these things will need to script and do thumbnails for drawings.

Strengths:

The advantages of this project is it allows me to explore a range of skills like art and editing. This video will contain visual elements that will make easier to explain and understand because some things maybe hard to understand due to how the war actually ended and we are use to it as well. I think I will be good at the editing part of the idea because I like to be precise with things like editing and getting it perfect.The resources available to me for this project include Adobe Premier, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Audacity, microphones and PCs. I think a strength of mine will editing because I am precise with timing with things like editing. Another strength of mine is animation because I would like to explore animation more and maybe do it for my career after education.

Weaknesses:

For weaknesses, I am not very good at writing. So scripting for project project could need improving because there might be grammatical problems in my script and spelling mistakes as well. I should avoid making the script to complex because of my weaknesses might make it hard to understand or make no sense. Other people say that spelling is a weakness of mine because I have difficulty spelling and often ask people for help with how to spell words. These weaknesses could effect my project by making the scripts hard to understand and read. Also having grammar and spelling problems could make it hard to communicate with people because messages will not be clear to people who do not understand my way of writing.

Opportunities:

Opportunities from doing this idea will allow me to do a career in editing video and sound. It will also allow me to have opportunities in animation by doing this project as well. The trend of alternate history has gone up in the past three years, a YouTuber called the AlternateHistoryHub created his channel in 2012 and was creates similar videos to what I want to create. His first video was released in December of 2012 at the moment has over 28,000 views and now his videos now get on average 100,000 views to 500,000 views. In that time mobile technology has improved allow people to to view historical and alternate history videos on the move, meaning people who do not have a lot time to watch these videos can. Studying historical and alternate history will require people full attention, so it something you can not understand it if its on the background but having advancements in mobile technology allows people to watch it traveling.

Threats:

The main obstacle with this idea would be time because there is a lot of stuff to do and could take a lot of time to do and complete. Also I might not have all the resources I need available to me, stuff like Adobe Premier and Photoshop I do not have at home. My weaknesses can affect my project because with voice acting in it and I am not good at writing scripts, it could not make sense if the voice actor says what I wrote or the voice actor might not understand what I wrote either.

Text Based Adventure

This idea was going to be a text based adventure created in InDesign where you play as a leader of a country and you will make decisions and depending what you choose you get a different choice next time. So there would be story branches with multiple choices and consequences.

Strengths 

The advantages of this idea is it has a lot a creativity behind it in terms of story, interactivity and visually. It allows me to use these elements to tell a interesting story or stories. I think I could do the interactive elements well because I have experience in interactive elements in InDesign. I think as well I will do visual elements well because I enjoy create visual stuff and I also have a qualification in Art and Design. Resources available to for this idea is Photoshop for visual elements, InDesign for the actual text based adventure, word for any planing and pencil and paper for planing any visual elements. I think people would say interactivity is a strength of mine because I like to be accurate when I need to get stuff like pages linked together or buttons working. I think this idea will be useful because I am considering working in the video game industry and it would be a good starting point.

Weaknesses

For this project I need to improve my writing skills because I am not the best at spell and getting my writing grammatically correct. Not getting sentences and words correct is bad for telling stories because it will not sound correct and be hard to understand. A weakness of this project is it could take a lot of time to create with multiple story branches and other elements to. I should making the story to complicated because I would have difficultly writing it and it could be hard to follow as well. People would agree and say my weakness would be writing due to me usually asking for assistance with spelling and proof reading. This could be difficult for me and working in the video game industry because I would need to create design documents for any ideas and it might be difficult for me to get my idea out.

Opportunities

There are many opportunities from doing this idea because in this project there is visual elements that allow me to do photo manipulation and draw, this get me in a career of photo editing. Another opportunity is to improve my literacy skill due to it being a text based adventure. A trend I could capitalies on is mobile gaming. I can use mobile gaming to get my product out there easily and more people can use because more people will have a mobile phone and tablet than having a PC or games console.

Threats

An obstacle I face is time because there is a lot a elements in this project that could take up a lot of time for one person to do on their own. Another obstacle I face is my literacy skills because this idea is based around writing, so I need to make sure it is grammatical correct and spelled correctly. Proof reading can take a long time to do, so I need to make sure I have time to do that as well.

Interactive Timeline

This idea was to create an interactive timeline of major events of World War Two. This idea will contain text and visual elements like video and pictures. The time line will be produced on Adobe InDesign.

Strengths 

The advantage of this idea is I enjoy studying history and studied it for my GCSE and A-Level. Another adventure of this project is it has the a lot of interesting ways of implementing interactivity to teach a subject. I do interactivity well because I have experience in it by doing it in a pass project. I also remember a lot of history facts as well, so have the knowledge to do this idea. Other people see my knowledge of history an advantage as well.  Resources available for this task are Adobe Photoshop for photo manipulation, Adobe Premier for any videos, pen and paper for planing, PC and books for research. My strengths could help me in my career because I could use them for inspiration for any ideas.

Weaknesses 

For this idea there is a lot of research, so I need to note take. I usually try to remember, so need to get in the habit of taking notes down for the research for this project. A also need to improve my writing skills because this timeline is for educational purposes and getting information grammatically incorrect can make the information incorrect as well. Other people would agree that my grammar is a weakness of mine because I usually ask others to proof read my work because to me it sounds correct. For this project I should avoid doing to many events because it could take too much time researching them.

Opportunities 

Opportunities available for doing this idea is to get a career producing educational app to help people with their studies. A trend that has appeared recently is the increase of educational services appearing more online and on mobile devices. This is probably due to mobile devices and internet becoming more accessible for the public in the past ten years, now people can study on their phones. This is useful for people who go to school, college or university far from where they live because they can study on their mobile device while they travel.

Threats

The main obstacle I face with this idea is time because the Second World War is a wide subject cover, so I need to limit my research options to cover more specific subjects. This is to limit my research time down so I can actual spend time on produce the app. Technology can also be a problem because I do not have Adobe at home so I can not work on a lot of my idea at home. Also my weakness can also be a threat to my idea because if I get things grammatical incorrect it could ruin the information and make it incoreect.

 

Career Path

The career path task is to create a flow chart of what I have done before this course and what I plan to do in the future after this course. The purpose of this task is to think of what I would like to do for my Final Major Project and base it around my future plans.

With the flow chart, I think the information is laid out clearly but I do the colour draws the eyes away from the information on the flow chart.

Doing this task made me want to create a video that contains simple animation for my Final Major Project.

Career path info

Who am I?

Who am i

The Who am I task was to create an infographic that contains information about me. The reason for doing this task is to gather a good understanding of who I am. This is so I can choose the correct project for my Final Major Project. The mind map infographic list all my influences in life, for example family, where I lived and where I visited. I started off creating a paper version to plan out the infographic and see what I’m putting on it. Then in Photoshop I created an easier to read version with some colour. I feel I could make the information clearer by spacing the information out more. I learned more about myself by doing this task, for example I like to be organised when doing stuff like travelling. I also learnt what area I would like to cover for my Final Major Project, which is history.