Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Week 14. the struggle continues.

I feel like each time that I have pushed to do better design or get back on track I keep tripping. I started to work with changing the space between the different icons, as well as using a new icon or two. I also briefly contemplated changing the name to "memory archive." I also thought about the idea that was suggested of either going more into nostalgia or move away from the idea of a movie screen. I was also starting to move away from the gray color and look to a simple black + white combination. I think use of the black or white main color combination allows the vivid colors of the memories to take the main focus no matter how large or small the images or videos are.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

week 13. the semi end.

This is my last "final" post for my Degree Project. I did not get to my final presentation with all of the finished parts that I was hoping for. I would say that I am not even happy with where I was when I presented on Wednesday. I had a lot more difficultly throughout this project than I had ever expected to run into. I kept focusing on my friendship with John and wanted to recreate what I had with him so much that I kept taking each bit of a branch in my path as a roadblock. What I ended up with was just like my memory, parts of a whole, snippets of what the program is and nothing more. The way that I had to present my project, I could only do with a presentation with a lot of me narrating because I didn't have all of the right screens completed to allow the design to speak more for itself. I'm still not even sure that I like the name of my program/project now based off of the connotations that some of the guest judges had.

I have a lot more work to try to get done + am going to move as fast as I can with deliberate steps to get to where I should really be now. I think that I finally have my concept of my project down and what I think it would do—I just need to run + design it.

Below is my final presentation PDF.

Friday, April 18, 2014

week 12. run anna run.

So, there is still movement on my front. I started trying to set up mag+ today and was running into some slight issues of formatting but I am still pushing forward with the animation of how the site is going to work.

I was attempting to get focused on a name + tagline yesterday, as I still wasn't super sold on "the framer." But as I came up with nothing better, it still stands as "the framer" with the tag line of "an archive of memories." I was trying to design a better logo/mark for the website—I basically ran in circles because my design friend that looked over the logo options said that people may read the logo as "the fuck." I decided that this would probably be an issue.

the largest mark on the right is what I was going with, but then went into doubt as the title was not in it.

theses are many of the options that I was working with, keeping the black + white with a sans serif and Jenson or just 2 forms of Jenson.
this weekend will be super busy, but time is still left to finish + animate the website as well as put together my presentation for Wednesday. I just need to start running faster now—and figure out what I am doing incorrectly in Mag+


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week 12. the run continues.

As of class yesterday I had layout + memory advancement. I am getting closer to what I have visualized for the website and what I can actually create. After meeting with Tyler briefly, we chatted about how probably only two of the three memory collections below will actually be needed. Also, we spoke more about how he liked the compact nature of the file + post links near the user's profile photo. Each of the screens below show a different "randomly generated memory collection" as well as a slightly different take at the navigation and style of the menu on the user profile.I have a lot more to get through but am moving forward as fast and effective as possible. My thoughts as of right now for the promo video order is: home page, sign in + go to personal profile, click on own memories, view a memory, create a souvenir (show a few spreads), create a video (free form expression) then share with friend. This still may change, but currently where I am focused.Screen wise I need to create: home, home slide show, log in, user profile, user memory page, one memory, souvenir making page (and pages if needed to show where content is from), couple souvenir spreads, free form expression creation layout, couple steps in that process, sharing video options. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

week 12. running.

I've been still making up for lost time and am current in the middle of designing the pages and figuring out the video. This is definitely not where I wanted to be, but not often do things swing the way that we want them to. I'm running though, aiming for this deadline. I've been working on screens, PDF process book + presentation.

below are the screens that I had as of April 14th.

one week remains.

opening slide show of recently published public memories.

sign in to profile.

viewing all posted memories.

viewing one memory video.

the large memory screen format is great. you're not always going to have full images on every page, but make it more visually interesting. think more about your vivid visual style before coming here (KCAI). profile page is very plain, make more exciting.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

week 11. processing.

I've been thinking, looking + working on the interaction of what one memory screen would look like, as well as the step before that which has multiple memories displayed on it. At this point I think that is a definite possibility in display on the website. I'm currently working off 2 of the 3 displayed last post. I thought they made the most sense in being the vessel for a memory. The top band with "mf" on it is the navigation bar that has condensed itself until needed. The main feel of the website is that the viewer is one with the memories; you're in one giant experience, so having a super chunky navigation bar would be pretty distracting. Color wise, I am working with black and white imagery to see how it looks and then adding color in the next steps if it adds to the overall feeling, if not I may just keep the thumbnail versions black and white and perhaps the memories themselves will be in color.

option 01.

option 02.

option 03.

option 04.

Friday, April 11, 2014

week 11. the path face plant.

This week has been one consistent with previous weeks to a worse position. I basically tripped pretty hard this week attempting to jog on my path. I tried to balance myself before I face planted pretty hard on the sidewalk. Below are three ways that I was initially thinking about the design of what viewing one memory would be like. I now that the first option is a bit of an eyesore but I was thinking of having a closer representation to film/photo/documentary/memory feel that the website is focused on. Option 2 was pulled back + more focused on the old school TV feel when the screens were squares with rounded corners. Option 3 was back on the idea of memories and thoughts being projected in our mind (and on a projector screen). The quick creation was a rough edit of cutting out the white around the projector screen edges. 

The color scheme is black, white + darker gray with many a hint of color. The main focus will be on the memories and thus where most color will be located as the website is the hub for memories.

I found this software called Reflector. It allows you to record + save your interactions on an iPhone or iPad, which then led me to the thought that I could easily use that to record interactions of a website without need the ability to code a site.

option 01.

option 02.

option 03.

test video of recording navigation on an iPhone via my computer.

name options at this point.
I really like the interaction between the m + f so I may stick with memory framer, unless I find another f word or another letter that creates a similar.

weekend plan.
I am creating, taking + editing the film for the free form expression.
I am designing + setting up the website.
I am attempting to finalize the name and branding.
I need to start figuring my PDF Process book layout.
I should start on my presentation.

Friday, April 4, 2014

week 10. slowed forward movement.

I started to work on the branding and kept running into this issue of what is the best way to describe it? I went back to looking at quotes, phrases, poems, lyrics, anything that dealt with text that I had tweeted and tried to pull inspiration from that. I then went back to my last list of name options and tried to pull different options.

the tweeted information.
Subconscious, mind, memories, ride, circle, cycle, line, pursing you, subjectivity, brain waters, tap in, play off “hooked on phonics,” “dive down deep, past breath + sight, into sense + texture,” stationary scamper, False Awakening, arbitrary, perception, "In memory my thoughts take actions and my mind takes the backseat," re-unitement, hole in plaid, displacement, appears, backhanded, transcendence, thinking, grawlix, dense, “There’s more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done. –The Lion King,” lucid interval, human history, “If we put a giant mirror 10 light years away from Earth and looked at it through a telescope, theoretically we'd see 20 years into the past.” “I want to add something to this world. –Remy (Ratatouille),” vivid nightmares, sleep only kills the dream, lack a filter, displacement, rebooted mind, "sometimes you fail + sometimes you don't—but you're always where you need to be," aesthetics, one little conversation can change things forever, “I relived important life moments through a collection of images, dreamt more vividly than I have in a while.”

some of the key words + phrases that I was pulling.
the memory archive
memory framer
pasted interaction/connections/memories
memory: slam, swap
rebooted / revived / restart
faltered story

most potential names thus far.
pasted memories
memory framer

taglines (only one so far)
post. create. express.

I've been trying to figure what the display/organization of memories would look like rendered online. I can't create what I am seeing in my mind yet, but this is some bad format of it. But the idea of the videos/stories being in this larger circle square shape. I was also trying to think about how memories would transition into one another. Is it a fade out, slow overlap or something else? Do the memories go both to the left and right? Are they stacked up? Are they gridded out? Or? Are the brightest memories in front? Is there order? I need to keep pushing and trying to think how memories would best be displayed.

what is next?I need to name it all this weekend. I really think the the logo will become part of the icons that will be used for the three parts of memory/story creation on the website. I need to put together some more solid visuals of the interface. I should probably be thinking about the main page when logged in. How do those memories look? Whose can you see? Figure out the way that you will be distorting the memories in small but noticeable changes. I should start thinking about the story of the video that will describe this. I need to finish that video clip thing, the free form expression. I need to do a bunch.random thoughts.
I keep thinking of Kingdom Hospital, the TV series and I am not totally sure why.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

week 10. imagine it. see it take 01.

you’re walking around in a seeming to be endless space. it’s dark here. there is no set format, doorways appear randomly and sometimes disappear after an instant.

there's just a silent hum and once in a while you hear a few breaths, sometimes a heartbeat. there’s something beautiful in how simple everything is.

it’s pretty dark you realize as you walk further—so dark that you’ve been wondering how you’re moving through this space…do you even know where you’re going? you brush that thought aside and continue to walk freely through the room, but not down the center, you stick to the walls.

you reach a door that’s wide open. you walk in. a dim light bulb hangs down from the ceiling. the walls are black. there's a large projector screen flat against the wall, but nothing is playing. you hear a noise outside of the room and move to investigate.

it looks just the same as before. darkness. you hear the noise again and see a closed door, this one has light coming under the door. you move towards it. then you notice another door. its door is open and a ridiculous amount of florescent lights are on in the room. you walk into the bright room.

you feel like you may become blinded by the amount of light here and hear the sound. you squint your eyes and notice these walls are black and has a projector screen too—a video plays on loop on this one. you hear the sound again. like clockwork, every 10 seconds—but then not so much. it keeps changing.

you look at the screen. sights—sights from a car in black and white. it looks familiar. you move forward. just then you start hearing someone mumbling loudly. you remember where the sights are from and you look back towards the screen. it’s now vividly colored. you involuntarily shake. it reminds you a lot of the day you got into that car wreck, almost the actual day—that was the road you were on, you drive it everyday. those birds weren’t there though and the grass wasn’t super green.

it looks JUST like the day that you got into that accident. the sound goes up on the video. you hear your car tires connecting to the road and your keys hitting the steering wheel. you hear laughter right behind you. you turn around.

these are the first test videos below.

test 01.

test 02.