Archive for April, 2009

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Web 2.0

28/04/2009

Web 2.0 in my mind is probably the most difficult topic i’ve come across this semester in NMP. Even during this weeks lecture the lecturer stated that he himself wasn’t even 100% sure as to it’s full meaning. What I got from it was that Web 2.0 indicated a second generation of the World Wide Web. Below is a table I found online showing the transition and progression of popular web tools!

Web 2.0 table

One of the main things that I understand from this table is that Web 2.0 thrives from peer networking. No longer are their personal websites, but ‘blogging’ (web logging) has become a more popular publishing platform instead. Blog sites include Myspace, Bebo, Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger etc.

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Production Assignment A – Rationale

10/04/2009

For my Production A assignment I chose to create an online exhibition about photo editing and hoaxes; a topic I feel should be more widely speculated to it’s target viewers. Also I wanted to create a website that would have a fairly simple layout to make my content as best available to the viewers as possible.

In creating my exhibition I decided to create a google website to present my content. To come to this conclusion, I had actually previously set out to present my content in a wordpress blog, however I felt it didn’t produce the same effect. Blog’s seem to have a more informal approach and are more appropriate for diary entries, personal thoughts and journaling. Also, the layout of having a blog restricted me from creating navigational tools. Instead I found I could only make the content visible through one long blob of information, rather than being able to split it up and categorize it. On my google site however, I was able to make a navigation page, one which had topic links accompanied with photo’s directing to separate pages of information. This I believe works far better for a busy viewer as they are able to quickly jump to a section or page that interests them.

For my google site I used a fairly bland color scheme that I believe will work effectively to help viewers focus on the key images and their corresponding pages. I also experimented viewing my exhibition through a number of different devices. Firstly I used my personal 24inch i-Mac screen in which I completed a lot of the work, then a standard PC, then I even tried viewing it through the Wi-Fi connection on my friends i-phone. All of which had different screen sizes, yet all allowed easy navigation through my exhibition as well as fast uploading time.

The size of my collection meant that I had to organize the content over a number of separate pages and use some of the online tools available. I decided to make my home page into a navigation point. To do this I used titled links and created separate pages that would direct viewers to pages of their choice rather than to read through all the content on one page or having to scroll through it as they would have done in a blog. Also organizing my many photos to fit neatly on the pages was a challenge. The most useful tool I used to overcome this was the use of ‘tables’ that google site offers. These created boxes in which pictures could be easily inserted and text captions could be written below.

Through presenting the content itself, to make it more important and more readily received to its viewers I was able to include similar work and examples to demonstrate my point of view. Also I used a convention and layout to separate my own exhibition from similar works in the field. Whilst some others followed a basic scrolling layout, and while others used a table of contents, I chose to create a navigational home page, using topic photographs from my actual content to present my different categories. Another major aspect I included in the content itself was my own personal photography work, rather than solely speculating on the work previously done by others.

To view my Online Exhibition go to http://sites.google.com/site/photoshophoaxs/Home