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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Website Production – Needle Exchange

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My prototype website, “Needle Exchange” is complete.

 

HOME

My Home Page has links to YouTube videos. I wanted to put the videos on the home page as this is unusual and it creates a lively, dynamic site right from the first landing.

My navigation buttons are at the bottom and I spent a long time making them animate nicely when pressed.

The page also has three blocks at the top, which do not currently link anywhere, but do have the potential to link to other parts of the site, as it grown.

I used cheeky phrases, coupled with cute pastel colouring to provide interest and irony.

 

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PATTERNS

The next page I created is the pattern page.

I needed to produce an anchor and back to top links, so I was forced to set out the page differently to how I would prefer.

I wanted to make the section boxes on the patterns page link to new pages, each featuring patterns for that section, but this would not provide me with the need for an anchor link and back to top link, so I put everything on the same page, floated the navigation at the bottom of the page (which I do not like) and back to top links at each section.

As a result, the page does not look as I would prefer it, but it does meet the brief set in the project.

patterns1 patterns3 patterns2

At the top. I made a slider showing books. These link to Amazon.

 

CONTACT

The final page I created is the contact page.

This is a working contact page, which will send straight to my email. I have added an option to attach a file, so that users could submit content for the page.

I realize there are security issues with this, but I have not at this point addressed them.

 

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I have added meta tags to the page, describing the content and created a favicon using online software:

favicon

 

There is room to expand the site to include a “forum” and “projects” page, which I will do with the next project.

Grunge Designs

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To Create This:

Hysteria

 

I used these Eyes: http://www.haveabettergolfgame.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/eyes_pictures.jpg

Then used Screen Layer Blend with Leaf: http://www.atria-associates.co.uk/images/leaf_1509b.jpg

Then Lighten Layer Blend with Clouds: http://extremechasing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/storm-clouds.jpg

I used Vivid Light with Lightening: http://api.ning.com/files/oxLLOzbnoNHHl-KBzgM3W6CI7x2pOuUjvVkCDYzKwsRMh2zKgCe0yfkixtDvMXd3uGKcMHMTbU53swQm*nzLa0vz93LNrEbm/Lightning_1.jpg

Wrote the Text in Porcelain.

Finally added Texture with Scratches: http://www.unsigneddesign.com/Scratched/12.JPG

 

 

I used similar techniques to create these images:

Skateboard Sussex

SkateboardSite

I used this Skateboard image: http://rlv.zcache.co.uk/create_a_custom_skateboard-p186466805280336822envdg_400.jpg

Applied Text in “Cracked”

Then textured with Concrete crack: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3544/3406903520_eda54eb80b.jpg

 

For the background image:

SkateboardBody

 

For background (body) image I used brushes from http://www.misprintedtype.com/v4/

And textured the background: http://texturezine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/grunge_texture.JPG

The body is very large to accommodate any size of screen. The main site page will enlarge to fit the screen used.

SkateboardSussex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Project – Banner Ads

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Banner Ads

As part of my project “Water: The Source of Life” I have created two banner ads for the website.

For the first, I was supplied with the text and the dimensions.

I made a gradient background, added the text and logo and added drop shadow around the text to give depth and texture. I think it gives the impression of clouds, although this was not my intention.

The second banner came straight from my imagination:

I was given the dimensions and used a photograph of a water droplet as the background. I created the text and centred it all on the page. The text, read downwards, is intended to mirror the drop of water.

In both banner ads, I made a “call to action” button. Although the whole ad would probably be ‘live’ (ie: you click anywhere on it and it takes you to the link,) it is psychologically inticing to press something that looks like a 3D button. We instinctively are drawn to such objects, so it is a good idea to add one, to let the viewer know that this (the ad)  is something clickable.

To make it, I simply drew a ’rounded rectangle’ with the draw tool, gave it a slight drop shadow and bevel, then added text on top, which I also gave a slight shadow, to make it all stand out a bit.

I am particularly pleased with my Saving Water ad, but I prefer the button on the Blue Planet ad.

 

Photo Reference:

Water Droplet

 

Water Project – The Header Graphics

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Header Graphics for Water: The Source of Life.

I have finally finished the header graphics for my project “Water: The Source of Life.”

Having worked on the images for the headers, I then added text.

I only need two, but I have come up with 5 alternatives:

New York under water, with text added along with National Geographic logo.

This is not one of my favourite images of the five. I don’t think the underwater effect is prominent enough. If I was more skilled in Photoshop, I would have liked to create some decay and texture to the buildings, but this is something I will hopefully learn in the future.

Paris under water with added text and National Geographic logo

This is the first image I created and conversely the one which I have tinkered with more than the others. Again, with better skill I would have liked to create more rusting and decay on the Eiffel Tower. I do like the underwater effect here and the way the city appears to have ‘fallen’ into the rocks.

Rome under water with added text and National Geographic logo.

Although I like the light and water effects here, I’m not sure I’m really happy with the way the buildings have come out. I fiddled (that’s the technical term!) with the  foliage in the foreground to try to create more depth and texture, but I don’t think I was very successful.

I do like the way the title text came out on this one though.

San Francisco under water with added text and National Geographic logo.

I was surprised at how well this one came out. I was lucky with a good image of San Francisco to start with and the water fitted very well with the overall look.

Sydney under water with added text and National Geographic logo.

Although I made this image as an afterthought, having created the others and deciding that I ought to represent Australia too, I actually like this one best of them all.

I like the way the water has affected the buildings and I think it is the most underwater-looking one of the set. I also like the text on this, as it stands out just right.

Image References

Underwater Image 1

Underwater Image 2

New York

Paris

Rome

San Francisco

Sydney

Photoshop CS6 – Adding Texture or Image to Text

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Texturizing Text

It’s easy in CS6 to add a texture or image to text. It used to be a rather complicated process is former versions but those nice people at Adobe have simplified the process for those of us who like our interesting text.

Here’s what to do in easy steps.

1) Open a Photoshop document and use the text tool to write your text. Choose a chunky font so that the image/texture will show up well.

2) Choose your texture and place this on top of your text.

3) Go to the Layers panel and hover the mouse between the image and text layers. Hold down the Alt/Opt key.

4) An angled arrow will appear (not like the one in the picture – I’m just showing where it will be.) This is when you click… and presto! The image and text meld together!

You can move the image around to get it just right.

The layers pallette looks like this:

And there you have it – no complicated masking etc. Remember to hold the Alt/opt key down though, or it will not work!