Critical Review- Professional Contexts 2 Web and Motion
Having handed in my motion work today thought it would be worth a critical review of the overall year for both aspects.
Starting with Web we were asked to highlight and redesign a badly functioning or designed website. I’ve wanted to get more involved and in tune with web design this year because it’s definitely the industry for growth and job opportunities and design has a definite expectancy that I should be able to design and code competently to earn a wage.
I got a B for my web grade which I was slightly surprised with because as a first attempt at coding it was a bit confusing to start with and requires and awful lot of planning and just being able to think things through efficiently.
I choose to redesign the Stereophonics website as it seemed slightly lacklustre for such an iconic rock band and although functional left a lot to the imagination. My design addressed the iconic stature of the band and also made coding that little bit easier with a monotone, black and white representation that provided a sense of minimalism with stature and presence.
The design can be seen here
If I had more time I probably would have like to integrate a media player and make the videos live and integrate the interface system for the download section but it was a case of first things first and getting the basics right.
I really enjoyed the challenge and ease at which you could code a full page from copy and pasting aspects but a slight character out of place for both HTML and CSS and everything has a tendency to go wrong.
Even my design suffered from Dreamweaver creating an anomaly with me having to compensate for the menu bar as for some reason the home page menu decided to push further down, despite the full code being copied from the other pages.
Overall though I thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck in so hopefully next year I’ll be a fully fledged competent coder with a decent website of my own to expand on, which should be a lot easier to make after this years course.
I’ll be making it for my self promotion so it will definely help knowing the basics at least and put me in a good position for doing any potential freelance work to build my portfolio.
We were given the brief based on the Alan Turing Decode/Recode event at Media City. Producing a 30-60 second video for one of several screens at the event.
I based my video on the prospect of how influential Alan Turing’s revelation of the binary code has allowed for everything technological in the world today and the development of technology through the years. I tried to work with the key defining eras of technology and how each decade has defining features right up to electric cars, Iphone’s etc.
I’ve used final cut in level 4 and due to the similarities After Effects wasn’t as daunting as first feared. I’ve also previously used in the Roses competition brief for a short video which again, helped in breaking it in. I’ve still got a lot to learn but I believe that will come through continuous use and experimenting, the basic function of how I learned Photoshop and to a degree Indesign. The fact that after effect is basically Photoshop for video manipulation of my footage was quite easy and like second nature.
My video worked on a stop motion idea but used a single video with manipulation of time remapping and layering of other footage with use of position alteration that I’ve learned over the past few weeks. The lessons addresses the basic features and consequently I tried to incorporate them all into the video along with working independently to see what designs and aesthetics I could produce.
The video stemmed from an illustration idea that I traced from my research and a collage developed from it. I’ve developed my working style to use as little as possible of the computers and use Photoshop, Illustrator etc to provide the final execution and manipulation of hand made work which reflected in this piece of work.
I think the final video worked well, progressing through a few troubles such as having to convert my video footage and although wasn’t perfectly similar had the core basics of what I initially thought of. I still need to learn a lot more about the use of file formats and will keep working with footage while its fresh in my mind and build my skills with everything after effects.
Overall I don’t know what my final grade will be for the module but a B is a good basis to hope for the same or possibly even better. Despite the grade I’m not too fussed as to what I’d get as I personally believe that experience wise you cant put a grade on that and naturally experience is everything and practise of these programs will ultimately make my skills and efficiency better in the long run so that by graduation I have a much better position for my final degree.