Monthly Archives: May 2013

Evaluation of Project – Illumina

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For this project we worked in groups.

I was working with Katie Waldock, Clare Haldon and Mark Smith.

As with any team, we each had individual strengths and we tried to utilise this diversity.

My skills lie mainly in design, project conception and testing and so my input fell mainly in the inception stages. as we designed the layout and content of the page, and at the end, when the site required rigorous testing in multiple browsers. I worked in the meantime creating some of the animated Gifs.

Mark is a great organiser and pulled together the folder required for the brief, locating all the information required and setting it out coherently. He also produced some of the graphics, the logo and the About page.

Clare’s expertise lies in Illustrator and so we turned to her for the page’s main graphical layout. She produced the larger vector graphics which formed the basis of our page.

Katie is the coder of the group, having worked in programming previously. She coded the website using Dreamweaver, pulling together everything created by the group.

Our initial research led us to look at various sites. One which stood out was Ben the Bodyguard.

We were impressed by the way the figure appears to walk down the street as the page is scrolled. In face it remains in the middle of the screen, but the impression was one we wanted to use in our website.

After some discussion, we decided to us a tall building, with a glass elevator on the front. We would place a figure in the elevator and as the page scrolled down, the lift would appear to descend the building.

Clare got to work making the building and lift in Illustrator.

building-illuminaOur project required us to produce some animation, so we decided to decorate the building with neon signs, which Mark and I made in Photoshop, animating them into gifs. I produced the clickable signs (the ones which let to other pages)

about-us

Location

Contact

 

and Mark made the static signs.

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neon-cup

neon-girl

only-god-forgives-neonposter

we're-open-neon

In the meantime, Katie produced a couple of animations for two of the windows:

frame-party-window

frame-spy-window

and Clare built a taxi and helicopter for a “spy-getaway” animation we wanted to make to start and finish the page experience.

final-taxihelicopter-animation

 

Mark put a folder together of all the administrative work we needed and made an illuminated sign for the page.

illumina-logo-neon-with-stars_final

 

Gradually, the pieces were coming together and it was mainly down to Katie to write the code and bring it all together.

Owing to illness and work commitments, my input througouht the project was minimal, so I tried to redeem myself a little by testing the site in several browser and offering constructive feedback.

With browsers differing so much in the way they display pages, we found it very difficult to present a website that worked in every one.

The best we found was Safari, which seemed to have fewer glitches than the others. firefox and chrome both had display problems, rendering the whole image too large and off to the right of the page.

The secondary pages, which Mark put together, mostly displayed well, so it was the large images and animations which were causing problems in the web browsers.

The final piece can be seen here.

 

 

 

Employment Opportunities in Web Design

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Several employment agencies exist aiming to find work for web designers. One such in my local area is Wired.

Here is a typical list of jobs advertised on their site:

 

Design and Creative Jobs in Brighton and Hove, and across Sussex

Design and Creative jobs in Sussex including graphic design and print within the Digital, Media and Technology sector – ranging from Graduate to senior level positions.

Bolder Creative
Motion Graphics Interns
Bolder Creative, Brighton and Hove. Bolder Creative are a Brighton based motion graphics & advertising studio who specialise in producing commercials, promos & broadcast content within the music & entertainment …
21/05/2013
Stampa Print & Design
Print Assistant
Stampa Print & Design, Brighton and Hove. We currently have a permanent full time, front of house vacancy for an experienced print assistant, working alongside the print manager in our busy shop. Duties include: – …
18/05/2013
Friday Media Group
Product Marketing Executive
Friday Media Group, Near Brighton (Sayers Common). The Opportunity: Using your initiative, you will be responsible for driving the creative marketing of some market leading classifieds and recruitment websites, as well as being …
16/05/2013
ChangeStar
Direct marketing fundraising copywriter (freelance
ChangeStar, Lewes. We are a busy and growing agency, and are seeking a talented and experienced direct marketing fundraising copywriter. You will be producing copy for a range of clients and media …
16/05/2013
Michael Bell Brand Communications
Account Executive/Office Manager
Michael Bell Brand Communications, Lewes. Closing date: 12/06/2013 We are Michael Bell Ltd, an integrated marketing communications agency based in Lewes. We have a portfolio of global brands for whom we deliver award …
16/05/2013
RSA
Mid/Senior Web Designer
RSA, Horsham. TOGETHER WE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD Global domination is something achievable with online insurance sales. Over £1 Billion policies are bought online from websites such as MORE …
13/05/2013
ChangeStar
Chief Operating Officer
ChangeStar, Lewes. The Chief Operational Officer is an important new role at ChangeStar. The postholder will plan, build and run the business development and operational sides of the organisation, …
09/05/2013
Oban Multilingual
Enterprise PHP/JavaScript Developer
Oban Multilingual, Falmer, Brighton. Job specification – Enterprise PHP/JavaScript Developer Location – Brighton East Sussex Salary – Dependent upon experience We have a need for a motivated and experienced …
09/05/2013
Rotovision
Graphic Designer
Rotovision, Brighton & Hove. We currently have a maternity cover vacancy for an enthusiastic experienced graphic designer preferably with book publishing experience. This is a rare and exciting opportunity …
07/05/2013
Sprung Studios
Interaction Designer/Artworker
Sprung Studios, Brighton and Hove. We are looking for a highly motivated designer/artworker freelancer to join our very busy team, to help with layout and design concepts of Mobile/TV/Web and App solutions. Suitable …
07/05/2013
Trevillion Images
INTERNSHIP WITH TREVILLION IMAGES
Trevillion Images, Brighton & Hove. Trevillion is currently expanding and this opportunity will give a valuable insight into all aspects of working in a busy, international office. Full on the job training will …
03/05/2013
West End Studios
Graphic Designer
West End Studios, Eastbourne. We are currently looking to recruit a middle weight Graphic Designer to join our team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years experience working within …
01/05/2013
Spink
Graduate Digital Media Developer
Spink, Balcombe. This is a graduate opportunity, for an initial 3 month contract, for a talented and creative individual to help design, build and develop digital media channels for the consultancy. …
30/04/2013
Eighth Day
Junior front-end developer
Eighth Day, Brighton and Hove. We are looking for an enthusiastic graduate to work on a broad range of projects in our Brighton office. You will be working within a small team, helping create beautifully …
29/04/2013
OnlineTraining Ltd.
Web design and graphic artist
OnlineTraining Ltd., Brighton and Hove. Excellent web design and graphic art skills. You will need to demonstrate inventive, creative ability in development of multi-platform graphic animations together with CSS 3 based web design skills
26/04/2013
Trustco Media
Junior+Senior Graphic Designer
Trustco Media, Shoreham. This is a great opportunity to become part of the in-house Digital Media team, working across a real range of projects. Your role will include liaising with both the project …
24/04/2013
Bright Interactive
Temporary Front End Developer
Bright Interactive, Brighton and Hove. You will support the team with a variety of tasks including changes such as cross-site text updates for static sites, design updates using elements provided, improvements to our …
19/04/2013
William Reed Business Media
Magazine/Graphic Designer (12 month fixed term co
William Reed Business Media, Crawley. William Reed Business Media is the market-leading B2B media company in the UK food, drink and hospitality industries. The company employs over 300 employees and is one of the …
02/04/2013
Spring Marketing
Artworkers/Graphic Designers
Spring Marketing, Worthing. Spring Marketing are a rapidly growing full service marketing and advertising agency, comprising of a team of highly motivated advertising, marketing, PR and creative design professionals. To …
02/04/2013
 As you can see, there are various opportunities available at every level of expertise.