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Interface Design – Concept presentation, 29th October

Today the people from BskyB were supposed to come in so we could do a short presentation to them about our concept for an interface.  Unfortunately sky did not show and we did our presentation to Liam and Antony.  We gave our best and they like our idea.

A virtual entertainment enviroment based around the principle of organic content.

one big tree which displays all the content available from sky TV. Each program is a leaf or pea, organised into into a series of programs on branches or in pods. Programs grow until they are ready to be picked. Programmes are projected onto the leaves.

Programmes can be picked and added to a personal ‘content garden’ that will take the leaves it has and grow to provide alternative content based on the type of content selected. Once a programme is picked from either the main tree or the personal garden, it will grow back again once it’s been watched.

When a program has been watched, you can have the option of archiving it to the fridge, (in the case of a pea).

Content is selected by picking the leaf, ( or pea) and placing it within the pond. The pond then turns to jelly/ice and begins to display the content. The content is controlled by using gestures on the jelly-like surface.

Personal gardens can be shared with friends at a ‘Garden Party’

Main Features:

Tree of Content

Big tree of all content available from Sky. Content organised into coloured branches.

Personal Garden

Collection of favourite content.

Grows plants, (content) based on favourites


Viewing pond

Pick leaves (content) and take to pond to view.

Leaves grow back once they’ve been watched

Preliminary ideas:

  • coloured content tree to view different stuff
  • Affected by weather/seasons
  • Floor (Grass) reacts to users. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=YCuPU6fVGCo
  • Interactive clouds
  • virtual weather based on type of content being watched. (Thunder and lightning for horror, sunny for childrens programmes)
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October 29, 2008 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

Motion Graphics Taster from 14/10/08

I have started on a new project using Adobe After Effects to create a short 30 second video.  The video has Motion Graphics Typography that goes along to the lyics of I Predict a Riot by The Kaiser Cheifs in this one day a am quite happy how far i got with it.

October 24, 2008 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Friday at the AIB, Advanced Web Design

Content is now massively distributed, individuals and companies now disperse their video, graphics, text across the likes of ‘youtube’, ‘flickr’ and ‘facebook’. How do you organise and structure such content?

Using the relevant, api (explain) pull data such as music tastes, video lists and friend’s lists from sources such as ‘youtube’, ‘flickr’ and ‘facebook’ and create a single page to display them. Your page should be an aesthetic and structured interpretation of the data retrieved that gives the user a visual understanding of the information and the relationships between its component parts.

Using RSS from any news site I wish to calculate the length of the word by the number of words by the number of vowels ina word. A line would then connect the dots by how they line up in the RSS. I will be using AS3 in flash. The outcome could look like this…

what i want

what i want

October 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Wednesday at the AIB, Interface Design Principles

Devise a new method for users to physically interact with Sky content for channels Sky Sports, Sky News, Sky Movies or Sky One.

Consider the range of physical devices that could provide the user with novel or unusual modes of interaction. For example look at the Wii & PS3 technology that allow users to fully interact with a game via their gyro-based remotes or the Touch screen technologies such as those developed by Jeff Han at NYU

Consider the nature of our experience of television, film and multimedia in solitary and social contexts. Look at other examples of digital communities such as the online gaming community. Your ideas do not have to be TV, they could be mobile, web or any other device/medium you propose or a combination of several of these.

Consider mobile devices and Web interaction being integrated to the concept rather than supporting media.

October 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

Tuesday at the AIB, Motion Graphics

We have been given the task to take a piece of music, an excerpt from a film or a poem to be used as a soundtrack and produce an animated piece of Kinetic Typography in After Effects for it. I will be shown examples of Kinetic Type and discuss the use of type design in motion graphics. The finished piece should be no more than 3 minutes in length and should be a graphic representation in type of your soundtrack. Issues of use of colour, readability, timing and motion are all things you should focus on as well as the idea of storytelling through vissual imagery.

October 24, 2008 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

WOOO Second year starts here,

Ive started the second year and i have been given four units,

Advanced Web Design,

Interface Design Principles,

Personal Planning Reflection and Development,

Motion Graphics

October 14, 2008 at 11:41 am Leave a comment


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