05 Mar

Web Dev: Style Tiles

I created the following style tile to give my client a clearer impression of the site than the mood board. (I downloaded the template from styletil.es).

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I looked at quite a few different websites and blogs to get a feel for what I wanted. The following is a list of where I took my inspiration:

I also decided on a very minimalist style, with a 3-colour accent palette. I also begun to experiment with drawings and illustrations in this style using Adobe Illustrator. Figures like these can be possibly be used on the site to add interest:

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The following shows some of my logo experiments alongside the dance school’s existing logo. My client was happy for me to redesign and rebrand, which gave me a lot of freedom to create something fresh and exciting.

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18 Jan

Web Dev: Visual Design for BOSH Prototype

I used Axure RP 7 to start designing my prototype, based on my previous research in this project, and of others including my Human-Computer Interaction and Design for Digital Media projects.

I gained a lot of experience last year with user-centered design and the techniques available to research this concept.

“As a main component of our idea is organising large quantities of information, clarity is key. Use of negative space, use of colour to simplify and legibility are three things that will be priorities in our design.” – part of my HCI report.

I think my work really benefits from user-centered design, and the research I’ve done previously into design principles. My first mock-up of the design is below.

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I’ve used quite a minimalist approach to the design, as the negative space aids clarity. I’ve echoed the shape of the logo in the navigation bar, and kept the colour scheme minimal too. I’ve used light grey boxes to break up the page, and separate different elements.

I designed the rest of the website using the same theme and structure, for consistency and ease of use.

I referred to other successful websites for certain parts. For example, the forum page was based on elements of the hugely successful Mumsnet forum and Runners World forum.

The design is purposefully simple, because not everyone using the site will be familiar with technology, as my Personas and other research highlighted. My competitor analysis also showed that other running sites were possibly too cluttered, and were overwhelming for first time users. My research showed that first time users and new runners are a big percentage of BOSH’s target audience, so this was very important.

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14 May

Infographic CVs

There are some very interesting ways to attract attention to yourself online. An infographic CV is one of those more classy methods. Here are a selection of ones I like (and mine, which you can judge for yourself…)

 

Eric Bar

There is an unfortunate typo, but the design is great, it’s very clear. Negative space is actually a positive thing!

Eric Bar - http://www.sheket.net

© Eric Bar – http://www.sheket.net

 

Mohit Lakhmani

This one is very creative. I immediately followed him on Behance. Check out the brilliance of this paper infographic CV…

3D Embossed Paper Crafted Infographic Resume by Mohit Lakhmani

3D Embossed Paper Crafted Infographic Resume by Mohit Lakhmani

 

Sylwia Presley

This one was designed by Damage Von Rock, and posted on planetdamage.com

View the 'how to' on planetdamage.com

View the ‘how to’ on planetdamage.com

 

Ashley Nye

And lastly… my infographic, designed to blend in with my portfolio siteInfographic CV

Note: if you would like your infographic CV critiqued and displayed here, please email me.

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15 Dec

Escape the Titanic: A “Free” App

It’s not. I’m going to start off by saying it most definitely isn’t free.

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I downloaded this app because I love the film, and it was on the trending list on Android Play. But after playing a really fun, well-designed puzzle game for maybe twenty minutes (I wasn’t timing, but it didn’t feel like long), I got to a stage where it asked me to pay to continue with either answers or hints. They are both paid-for options. The other option was a tiny ‘no thanks’ link at the bottom. Naturally, I pressed ‘no thanks’ and waited to continue without my answers or hints.

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It took me back to the main menu. I pressed the play button and it the same ‘answers or hints’ screen loaded. You can’t progress without paying for hints. It’s 61p for hints, and £1.85 for full answers. So, not a lot for the hints but as this review from Gamezebo points out, the hints are just basic instructions and not at all helpful.

But I wouldn’t know. I refuse to pay for a game that calls itself free. And a quick scan of the reviews on the Android app store reveals that a lot of other people have felt duped by this too. Okay, so you get a few puzzles for free, but it should at least come clean in the description.

As for the few puzzles I did play, I did think it was fun. I like a good puzzle game as much as the next geek, and the imagery was great too. I felt like a cartoon Jack Dawson.

It’s a shame it was advertised as free, when it should have just been advertised as 61p. It’s better to have less people downloading the app, than making everyone annoyed by it!IMG_2737

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22 Nov

Home screen apps

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My android screenshot: The apps I use most

Take a look at your home screen and check out the app shortcuts you have on there. Are they your favourites/most used? I tend to update mine regularly, and switch them around to fit in with whatever wallpaper I happen to have that month.

MyFitnessPal during a health kick, Candy Crush Saga (see app review) during a particularly slow week, but there are a few that stick.

Facebook being one of them. Everybody has Facebook on their phone. How would you ever know how great your old schoolmate’s life is now without it? Check out this great list of statuses everybody writes and everybody hates on Mashable.

Twitter is another of those stay-forever apps. There is a lot of great content linked on Twitter, even if you have to sift through all the rubbish first. I’ve found some great resources on Twitter that would never be on the top pages of a Google search. Although there isn’t a better starting point than Google, which is why that stays on my home screen too.

How did people survive pre-search-engine? I remember a time, back when I was a very young girl, when I would ask my mum the spelling or definition of a new word and we would run off to the bookshelf and look it up in a dictionary. Now, anything you want to know, Google it. The internet: simultaneously making knowledge more accessible and people more lazy. Don’t even get me started on txt spk.

The BBC News app is a regular. I like to keep up-to-date with current affairs. I like to know what’s going on in the world, and the app is brilliantly simple to use.

As for Instagram, I’ve rather lost interest in it lately. This one might not last much longer on the list of usuals. It is primarily pictures of people’s dinners, people on exercise machines, posing in bathroom mirrors and “look at my new lipstick/dog/sofa”. All stuff that is interesting to the person taking the photograph, and of little/no interest to anyone else. There’s a great list on Buzzfeed illustrated by artist Joanna Zhou about the types of Instagram photos.

I also keep O2 Priority Moments on there, not because I use it a lot but just to remind me to check it. I would hate to think I was missing out on a free coffee. It takes a ridiculous amount of time to load though, and sometimes I lose interest before I’ve even made it past the loading screen.

What apps do you keep on your home screen? What is your favourite? Leave your comments below.

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29 Sep

Where interest takes you

A blog that starts, and continues, is only successful when the author has a passion in the subject. I love all things digital media, particularly linked to art and design. I want to immerse myself in this world and share my thoughts and findings with anyone who wants to do the same.

There is so much to be seen and used and enjoyed, not only online but in the world not yet digitalised. This can only help expand our digital world as it begins to encompass everything outside of it’s vast domain.

My journey begins here, creating this blog and making a commitment to update it whenever I find something worthy of sharing.

First up, a website still under construction, but one that really appealed to me. fullfatdesigns.co.uk (Wish I’d thought of that name first, too). Simply animated, and a brilliantly soothing design. Let’s hope the website lives up to this temporary page.

Full Fat Designs Screenshot

Saw it, liked it, remembered it.

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