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.
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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.
Take a look at my face in this pic *gasp*
I can laugh about this experience in retrospect. At this precise moment, the teleprompter became possessed in Professor Winkler’s TV Production 1 class. I was Producer [slash] Talent A in this newscast and there was no opportunity to STOP the production and have a do-over. Luckily for me, since I wrote the copy and tweaked several times … I practically had it recited. Everything turned out okay.
Even though this is a clearly a case of things going WRONG (and this semester had plenty), unintentional learning provided some of the strongest lessons I’ll take away from these experiences. My crew encountered last minute scrambling and schedule changes because our Spring semester was Winter Wonderland and we had freak snowstorms several times. We booked equipment for an outdoor shoot on GREEN environmental initiatives, but our campus was winter WHITE. Oh, and I can’t forget the clicking sound of my hard drive going dead the day before I had to submit final edits or my SD card going wonky in the middle of a photoshoot.
What skills have I developed? RESILIANCE, PROBLEM SOLVING, PERSISTANCE, FLEXIBILITY, IMPROVISATION (and countless others). These are what I like to refer to as positive side effects from the collegiate experience.
Photo Credit: Professor Christopher Winkler, Rowan University
Date: May 2, 2018
From: The Gun Debate (Producer: Steve Nuzzo, Director: Alexander Compta)
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
Individual RU Green PSA Edit. The full group course submission includes pre-roll, PSA and post-roll. Note: Alternate voiceover and music selection used for final edit.
Shooting Date: 3/27/18
Location: Rowan University
Crew: Briana Andrews, George Bross, Alex Compta, Stephen Nuzzo
Role: Shooting, Editing, Script, Talent (VOX and on-camera)
Full submissions with captions included with classroom file transfer. Image captions were included in the description field under “file” in Photoshop.
Rowan University presents the “Earth, Moon and Sun” at the Edelman Planetarium in Glassboro, NJ on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Photo by Briana Andrews) – Extended DOF.
Crowds formed in front Edelman Planetarium in the moments leading up to the “Earth, Moon and Sun” at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Photo by Briana Andrews) – Frontal, Extended DOF.
(Name omitted), 4, clenches a jacket with his teeth as he spins around behind the ticket lines forming for “Earth, Moon and Sun” at Edelman Planetarium in Glassboro, NJ on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Photo by Briana Andrews) – Frontal, Extended DOF.
(Name omitted), 34, shares a laugh with her children after wind gusts blow her umbrella inside out while exiting the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University in Glassboro on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Photo by Briana Andrews)
A copy of The Whit lies on the table in Science Hall as staff readies the Edelman Planetarium for the Earth, Moon and Sun family event in Glassboro on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Photo by Briana Andrews)
Boy scout (name omitted), 10, walked gleefully around Science Hall after the “Earth, Moon and Sun” event at Rowan University’s Edelman Planetarium in Glassboro, NJ on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Photo by Briana Andrews) – Sideview, Extended DOF.