Usability…It’s Important

The 7 definitions of usability:

  1. useful: does it do something people need done?
  2. learnable: can people figure out how to use it?
  3. memorable: do they have to relearn it each time they use it?
  4. effective: does it get the job done?
  5. efficient: does it do it with a reasonable amount of time and effort?
  6. desirable: do people want it?
  7. delightful: is using it enjoyable, or even fun?

When designing a website, one must always take into account the user rather than simply your own personal preferences. While the creator may want to make his/her website unique based on personality (which is definitely important), the creator must also remember who is looking at the site. Personally, I don’t like how craiglist.com is set up… Continue reading

Website: Strategy and Scope

As we approach the final weeks of the semester, I am looking forward to creating my own personal website. This website will serve as a platform for me to display the work that I have completed in my Digi Comm class and potentially examples of my work in other classes.

 

Strategy:

I want my website to be a place where I can neatly display the projects I have finished in my Digi Comm class. I hope to use this website as something to give to potential future employers and other professionals to show examples of my work. The display of my website will be easy to navigate, suited to my personality, and something interesting to peruse. Besides employers and professionals, I hope that my fellow peers in the Digital Comm world will look at my site. I hope to create a display that gives examples of who I am not only professionally, but socially and personally.

 

Scope:

When visiting my website I want people to see my works, thus I will provide links to examples of my work such as my Digi Comm blog, video, and slideshow. Not only can I provide my work from this class, but I helped to create a campaign video for a fake French political group and I would like to show that off. The site will also have my resume and a section that gives information about who I am. While the resume serves as a great example of who I am, the about me section will give a more personalized section of me.

Point of View

When referring to point of view, there are 3 different types, first, second, and third…easy enough

First point of view is not as common as one would think in film. The first person point of view comes from the personal experience of a person, whether this be what they see, hear, or are thinking. With new technology, such as GoPros, we are not able to experience much more first person point of views. Narration is another way in which first person is used.

Second person is more of someone addressing “you” as the viewer. When trying to reach the viewers, often times advertisements will use the second person point of view. It is if they are speaking to the viewer directly and have a “conversation,” rather than simply watching someone do something. It can be more interactive sometimes.

Third person is the most commonly used point of view when it comes to films. This is when the audience views something from an observer’s point of view, but it is not considered to be first person. It is a general view of what is taking place as if someone was actually in the scene. When looking at someone it is impossible to read their thoughts, thus first person narration has to be added.

Points of view can completely change the point and meaning of a video. When creating a video, one must remember who the audience is to create a meaningful film.

Video Editing: Analysis

 When taking into consideration video editing, one must focus on the ways in which the audience receives the video. The psychology of editing  consists of 5 things to take into consideration:

  •       image and sound
  •       shot order
  •       shot relationship
  •       time
  •       rhythm and pacing

For image and sound, more information can help to create a more powerful image. Instead of letting the image do all of the talking, putting sound with an image allows the editor to portray exactly what he/she wanted to in the first place.

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Hot dog or Hamburger?

I can remember being young and hearing the question, “hot dog or hamburger style?” This question was often related to times when I was making a paper airplane, a Valentines card, or simply following a teacher’s instruction. For me it was always easier to remember horizontal and vertical in the simplest of terms, hamburger or hot dog. I have never viewed horizontal and vertical positions as more than arrangements for anything, but according to Zettl, “a horizontal arrangement seems to suggest calmness, tranquility, and rest” whereas “vertical lines seem more dynamic, powerful, and exciting than horizontal ones.” For me it was either hot dog or hamburger.

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Virilio Part 3: Online Dating

I hate to admit it, but I’ve always been skeptical of online dating sites. In my opinion they are simply a way for people to hide behind a computer screen and create this “perfect” image for themselves. You have the ability to build your own profile based on whatever you want someone else to see. You get to choose your “best” picture and provide only certain information. Until recently I was not for online dating, but I then realized it is much more than simply a profile.

In Virilio’s Open Sky: Part 3 he states, “to prefer the virtual being – at some remove – to the real being – close-up – is to take the shadow for the substance, to prefer the metaphor.” Continue reading