Check out one of the animated interactive story I created on Scratch. On the attached link, click on the green flag to start the script. Or, you can view it in action by clicking PLAY on the video below. I’ll be sure to share some other creations and provide feedback on the Scratch creations from my peers.
For my scratch project, I’d like to expand on the “About Me” exercise. I am thinking about creating a character on a city background on perhaps a basketball court. When I was in elementary school and junior high, I was on a basketball team. I started in Playworks based in Newark, NJ under Coach Wynn. I wasn’t that great of a player, and mostly enjoyed the teamwork and travel aspects. I may incorporate some humor, and perhaps some additional details about my food preferences and such.
Be sure to follow up on my progress to see how the project comes along.
Check out this brief animation clip where Jade Critch, the character I created in Adobe Fuse CC comes to life in Mixamo. Feel free to share your thoughts!
Meet Jade Critch! This is the character I created using Adobe Fuse CC (Beta). I designed this character to be a bad-ass, similar to the types of characters you’d find in first-person shooter video games. She is tough, and has lots of personality. The outfit is a blend of casual wear and tactical gear. I decided to give her a brown complexion, and silver braids … similar to mine. I also designed her with a slightly heavy, curvy figure.
Feel free to share your thoughts!
For this week’s reading response homework, I read pages 13-55 from Interaction Design Best Practices: Mastering Words, Visuals, Space. This reading featured a lot of valuable information about communication best practices. One of the things that pointed out immediately was the overlap of lessons I’ve learned in Communication, Public Relations and Advertising courses. There is an emphasis on what is known in other industries as the MAC triad – message, audience and channel. The reading emphasized questions that need to be answered in order to strengthen the message delivery. You have to take into consideration the following questions:
- Who will read it?
- When will they read it?
- What do they need to know
- What is the format?
- What is the best tone?
I learned about the 5 Pillars of Interactive Design while reading this passage and why interactivity matters. Overall, this reading explained how interactivity relates to human connection and behavior. Our goal, as designers is to get the user to inevitability spend less time trying to figure out how to use a site or platform and more time accomplishing the task at hand. For this reason, clarity should be our top priority. I think many artists can appreciate an abstract work of art, however, ambiguity is the enemy of good design. Some best practices for usability that I extracted from this reading assignment that I plan to apply to future blog posts and design projects it to opt for a clean design with less clutter, offer directives with suggested site actions, be clear, concise and specific, use proper titles and the avoid buzzwords. One of the strongest takeaway messages I received from this passage is that each of us are artists and have creative ability. The most important thing is focusing in the message you are looking to communicate.
For this week’s reading assignment, I read the supplied UXPin PDF entitled The Visual Storyteller’s Guide to Web UI Design. What I gathered from the first two chapters is that visuals provide an immediate and longer lasting impression than other modes of communication. For instance, when a person reads, it makes a moment to process and things are left to interpretation. However with visuals, you can improve retention, evoke instant emotions, and ensure the information is processed faster overall. A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. Likely, videos and animations are worth even more words.
An important message I learned from this reading is “knowing your audience” and the importance of user research. This relates to some other lessons I learned in other communications classes. You have to factor in the message, audience and channel in order to develop a story. I also learned about iconic images, which are images that are immediately recognizable and you’d know what it means whether or not it’s been explained to you. These vary from symbolic images where there is an abstract representation, but it isn’t a direct interpretation.
This PhotoVoice project features a selected subject of interest and multiple locations / shoots. This topic was selected because Rowan University is located in South Jersey and students are always on a quest to find interesting and FREE things to do. Moreover, there are over 100 institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area. Emphasis was placed on locations that can be enjoyed at no cost by people under the age of 21.
Photos: Briana Andrews
Music: Beat Demons (used w/ license)
Vocals: Breana Marin
Role: Photography, Editing, Assembly
Equipment Used: Canon 60D EOS
Software Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CC
935 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Race Street Pier – Delaware River Waterfront
Race Street and N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Philadelphia, PA 19102
121 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Rittenhouse Square (Park)
1851 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia — An altercation at approximately 6:15PM on Saturday, April 28, 2018 leaves a man bloody on Walnut Street near Rittenhouse Square.
Injured man causes a commotion after a fight just outside the park at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia on April 28, 2018. He later details what transpired to law enforcement who arrived at the scene shortly thereafter. Photo by Briana Andrews.
Police officers address injured male and radio in for an ambulance in Philadelphia on April 28, 2018. Photo by Briana Andrews.
Injured man departs scene walking on Walnut St toward The Church of the Holy Trinity after declining medical treatment on April 28, 2018. Photo by Briana Andrews.
This photojournalist video profile documents Malin Fezehai. She won various awards including the World Press Photo Award for Daily Life. Some of her clients include TIME, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fader Magazine, Nike and others.
She now works as a Visual Journalist for the New York Times. Her areas of focus are communities of displacement and dislocation around the world. There aren’t many minority female photojournalists; researching and learning about her work and accomplishments was a great experience.
Role: Content curation, video editing, research, voiceover, script writing
Software: Adobe Premiere Pro
This is my individual “Project 2” edit. Scene utilizing standard coverage including the 180-degree rule for maintaining screen direction, shooting and editing for continuity, and match cutting. Note: Final submission includes complimentary music selection and roll.
Shooting Date: 3/19/18
Location: Rowan University
Role: Pre-visualization, Digital Post-Production, Talent (on-camera)