Final Reflection

Posted in Convergent Media!!! on March 20, 2009 by krishna10

Having reached the end of the module can definitely be seen as a relief and it can certainly be said that we learnt a significant amount in the matter of these ten weeks. The lectures showed a whole new perspective on technology which I’d never been exposed to before; this made learning on this particular side of the module fascinating as I wasn’t aware of how much technology dominates our every day lives. On the other hand workshops allowed us to experience new ways of working in a practical sense and I can confidently say that I never thought I’d get my head around some of the things which Mez demonstrated but committing myself to a task helped me achieve my final artefact and everything else in between. I’ve even kept the scrap of paper which I scribbled down notes on when creating my Flash slideshow; I’m definitely keep that for future reference!

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Final Artefact

Posted in Convergent Media!!! on March 20, 2009 by krishna10

The final artefact was a combination of the two products that we’d already completed (Photoshop Images and Dreamweaver Website) together with a slideshow that we had to create using Flash. When working on my website I left an empty space on the index page for my Flash slideshow to be placed; so all I really had to do was actually make it! It was a long day to say the least but, there was a sense of unity in the room as all Media Production students were in the same situation (I’m sure everyone will agree). Not recalling much from the Flash workshops I guess I experimented when I got to each stage of making my slideshow. It was a time-consuming method but it was a way of getting myself used to the programme as well. Getting the buttons to operate back and fourth through my images was the hardest part of the procedure although I surprisingly figured out quite quickly how to make my photographs fade in and out. The last step included putting my finished slideshow into my Dreamweaver website which wasn’t as bad as I expected.

Improving my Website

Posted in Convergent Media!!! on March 20, 2009 by krishna10

For my second artefact I had constructed a website and another point raised in my feedback was in relation to this. Our second session of Dreamweaver covered how to insert div tags within HTML and so this is what I had to do in connection to my website. I began by opening my original website to insert div tags onto that nevertheless, I quickly realised that this would be quite a complex process; or maybe I made it into one! I decided that rather than wasting anymore time that it’d be better to start a new website altogether. I found this to be the solution to my problem and it was easier to create a website with div tags via this method. I imported my improved Photoshop images to this new site, made a header and menu bar as a way of navigation. I found that practice with Dreamweaver helped me a lot during this day which meant that I didn’t really encounter any major problems; with exception to not completing a div tag which left my container only half finished but, the dilemma was soon resolved with the assistance of Charles.

Improving my Images

Posted in Convergent Media!!! on March 20, 2009 by krishna10

Taking into account what Nick had told me within the feedback I received, I worked on improving my data visualisation images so that they’d appear in some sort of sequential order to tell a story. I went back to Photoshop and added some more text to every photograph so that each one represented a different part to my day. For instance I began with the picture of an alarm clock as this signifies the start of the day and I ended my set of photo’s with an image of God as this can be seen as the last thought of my day. All the other images fitted in between these two which then meant I had to re-upload them to flickr. After considering and putting into practice the suggestions I was given I had a better understanding of what Nick was saying within my feedback as my images did not only now represent data visualisation but also made more sense in terms of a simple narrative.

Flash

Posted in Convergent Media!!! on March 20, 2009 by krishna10

The last programme we were going to be taught how to use was Flash as we were made aware that it was going to be a part of our final artefact. I’d never heard of or come across this software before and so it was essential that I attended both the workshops that focused on the programme. Flash allows you to create slideshows, animations as well as games but for the purpose of our artefact we only took interest in putting together a slideshow. Again the basics of the software were demonstrated to us as we learnt about, keyframes, layers, and motion-tween. All of what we’d learnt in the first Flash workshop however went straight over my head by the second one as more tricky demonstrations took place on how to actually create a slideshow of images, make buttons to navigate back and fourth as well as how to fade in/out of photos. The features which had been covered within these two sessions had to be presented in our final artefact and so practicing with Flash would be the only solution to how I’d be able to finish what is required.

Feedback

Posted in Convergent Media!!! on March 20, 2009 by krishna10

The workshop on 24th February 09 was arranged for feedback sessions with Mez and Nick so that each of us could have advice on how to go about improving the work which we’d already handed in. Nick evaluated my artefacts and commented that I had a sufficient set of images to show in conjunction to the work we’d done on Data Visualisation and that I’d demonstrated basic skills using HTML and CSS; my wordpress blog was also up-to-date. He recommended I should make the size of my images smaller so that they are all visible on my flickr slideshow and use further CSS knowledge to help make my website look complete. He liked the concept of my photographs but said that it be more relevant if they followed some kind of story. With the improvements that he suggested I would be able to obtain a better grade and so I began by reducing the size of my photographs, the proper way this time using Photoshop and then re-uploaded them to my flickr account.

Dreamweaver 2

Posted in Convergent Media!!! on March 20, 2009 by krishna10

On the date our second artefact was due in (10th February 09) we were given another workshop relating to Dreamweaver. At the end of this workshop I valued the last one we had on the programme as div tags just weren’t my thing. Professional websites have headers where usually the name of the site is situated and then a menu bar to locate the visitor the page they want to view. Therefore, the purpose of today was to support us in creating something similar to the above description…complicated, complicated and even more complicated! I tried to keep up with what Mez was showing us and since I’d done my first tag I thought that I’d be able to remember the steps in order to create the rest. Nick assisted me when I was stuck and when I’d finished inserting each div tag to my website I was able to see what a difference they made in terms of appearance. This empty website layout somehow looked more polished and professional in comparison to the one I’d produced for my second artefact but, practice with div tags was necessary if I was going to master the technique.