Friday, 26 February 2010
I thought I'd compare and black against a white version. To see what background makes the photography stand out. At the moment I like the black background more because it make the photo 'pop' more. I am going to have a word with the client to see where she wants to take it.
No matter what colour scheme I choose I need to change the font and overall logo design. I think It is going to be a very important part of the website to inform people about her photography and who she is. Also I could play on the title and do a little animation so it doesn't take away any emphasis from the banner . Maybe of a camera and tripod chasing each other?
I see her colours being black, white and red for a sophisicated, passionate representation of her.
Monday, 22 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
- I like this site for its smooth use of flash from each section (the dark grey part of the page moves up and down)
- I like the simple use of black white and grey
- The white title works well to draw your attention to his name
- The 'hand made' feel makes it feel personal
- Also the polaroid shots make the photos look 'real', again emphasising the personal look.
- Simple yet has a good impact with the flash introduction. Also lets teh viewr know what the website is about whilst offering tehn an interesting form of interaction
- Simple, clean cut design with a bold edge.
- My favourite part of the website is the typography for the logo
Many photographers have a page on Facebook, or a Flickr or Twitter account.
Flash-based websites can be beautiful and effective, freeing the web designer from the limitations of HTML and CSS. The downside is that they’re expensive to create, can take time to download and aren’t good for SEO. Often used by pro photographers who will send their url to interested parties and need a spectacular showcase for their images.
Photography websites are naturally dominated by images. A recent trend is to display large photos for maximum impact.
Photographers are visual artists and need the design of their websites to reflect this. Good design often works in the background by making websites quick to load, easy to navigate and search engine friendly.
Content over design
No matter how good the design, content is king. It may look pretty, but if it doesn’t inform and entertain, your visitors won’t return. Some of the most popular photography websites are nothing more than a free Blogger blog.
Friday, 19 February 2010
- Diary/journal page in CSS/XHTML that will draw on a MYSQL database using php.
- Server side scripting and database
- CSS and XHTML will work as the frame work for interactivity
- I need to consider the data that my application needs to store, key operations that the application must perform
- The client must be able to update their journal
- Display their art form
- And finally the site should be a tool for gaining further fans, customers and visitors.
Two uses of Social Network integration (research twitter and rss scripts).
At the end of the day social networking, like most things in this world comes down to money and power. Many people have become 'addicted' to Facebook through the sense of power they get from spying on peoples lives but there is something else deeper to social network integration. The RSS subscriber chooses what they want to see, and what information they wish to receive. Knowing they have full control, and that they do not have to provide any personal information to subscribe, they will be more likely to opt-in therefore social networks can be used for advertising. Advertising can be used through pop-ups or in the form of rss. RSS can be a good for of information based advertising because people are subconsciously taking in the information as a form of news that businesses can select pieces of information to influence their audiences decision whether to buy a product etc.
Also as we all know twitter is a good form of networking with employers for many types of jobs but it is slowly being integrated into everyday use of all websites as widgets are being worked into the design to attract people. Bringing the widgets into the design builds up momentum as more and more people start to talk about your company, product or job etc...
Relevant Social Networks For My Photography Client
Thursday, 18 February 2010
I am running a bit behind with my flash banner (although we haven't been set a deadline for it). So far I've found flash banner a bit dull and too annoyingly commercial. Do I want to be part of that annoying pop team?! Well anyway whilst looking for inspiration I came back to the studio-output website (that wouldn't load on Friday!) It looks really good I love the simplicity of the mouse over and the text below the title changes and the video is really vibrant and creative with a flowing energy.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Whilst I have been mind-mapping ideas for the Blackberry Storm it has got me thinking about why people will buy the phone and not a cheaper one. Well to start with it has-
- Touch screen
- Loads of applications
- Sleek design
- In competition with the iPhone (might attract people who don't like apple but want a product of a similar nature to the iPhone).
Friday, 12 February 2010
Speak Visual is a graphics processor that is designed to make your visuals stand out and advertise peoples individual work.
Glue specialises in production adn post-production for media. They create 3D motion graphics for online environments to interactive virals.
Apart from mono-face being quite entertaining (for a few minutes anyway) is an advertising agency that lives by the moto 'simpler is better'. It has a 'Mr Potato Head' wesbite to attract people to teh interact aspect of the company and how they use it to advertise.
The part of teh site that I need to create is a simple FLASH animation that links to a main product website and is to be deployed across a variety of websites.
It should include 6-8 different sections that include animation and interaction.
Research your phone and its current advertisement and build a new campaign banner.
Who will the audience be? By looking at the video advertisement I think the blackberry storm is aimed at men in their early twenties to thirties due to the emphasis on GPS, the PERFECT WI-FI and LOADS OF APPS (as the advert says in a deep, manly voice) with thunder and lighting in the website.
What Is the Message That Needs To Be Communicated? The phone is about the new technology being developed therefore teh advert suggests to be a 'man's man' you need this phone for strength. I could take this phone features from a different angle. It is about the touch screen technology (although it isn't as good as the iPhone).
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
- Safari, FireFox, chrome and opera will be continued to be developed. Safari especially due to the positive feedback from iPhone and android. The iPhone and safari used on a laptop browser will become richer
- The background should be tightly integrated with the foreground to work as one
- It makes the background work more functionally but visually it gives the scene a greater sensation of depth
- Does your background do it all? Or is it an afterthought? Could that solid white background be transformed into something else? (don't make it too cramped though).
Sunday, 7 February 2010
- The has a 3-mega-pixel camera that has auto focus...no web cam for the ipad as yet
- You have to pay extra for 3GS
- Simple fact that it can fit in your pocket
- Amazing HD
- large flat screen
- Good for advertising and targeting all areas
- Can be interactive (sky TV etc)
- Works well with other devices, such as PlayStation, xbox etc
- However you can't interact with a TV as personally as an ipad as you can maneuver the page by tuning the ipad and use your fingers to navigate
Friday, 5 February 2010
Close-up example of Viget's work
My first reaction to this website is really positive. As everyone has guessed I do love my art and mixing it with digital technology. This website is a prime example of this but doesn't over do it so it becomes a 'busy' website. My favourite part of the website is that it is subtle in it's use of colour and texture.
So far I have found out that Viget are based in Durham, North Carolina. It is a very big agency that is hiding the name of their staff (maybe to come across as one, united unit?) Although their names are generally hidden due to high staff turn over a few names have popped up through blog posts about projects, such as Samantha Warren who has done a site redesign for Choice Hotels Scandinavia. Comparing her designs against the rest of the companies work they work well together. The design is very fresh, minimalistic with simple, complimentary colours. She seems to have been thinking not for her own development but thinking through the mind of what the consumer will want. She is designing for a Scandinavian company so she is looking at practical, Ikea-esque design that is practical.
It is clear that they work tightly as a unit. One of her team members (Jim Basio) has been researching into Nordic design, especially product design. I think this is a good sign. The company uses inspiration from other disciplines so the design doesn't become flat and purely web based.
Additionally I have learnt that their site is expression engine based, which means that flexible, feature-rich content management system is easier to update.
What elements could I bring into my own work?
- Simplicity/ cleanness of design
- Bold, fresh colours
- Take inspiration for other disciplines out side of website design so it doesn't become stagnant
- Research into what the client needs. Design it from their point of view and not go too crazy with my fine art to make it too personal.