Archive for the ‘Professional Context’ Category

New Website

August 12, 2011

I am currently not using this blog any more

Please visit my website for all the latest pieces of work – www.theogulland.co.uk

You can also see all my latest blog posts at www.theogulland.co.uk/blog

Many thanks

Theo

Professional contexts – evaluation

May 21, 2009

Overall I have greatly benefited from professional contexts. I feel that it has made me think about parts of the course, which I otherwise wouldn’t have thought about. I think that by evaluating my own work, I have appreciated what I have done more.

It has also helped me recap on some of the lectures I have been to. Although they seemed very casual when I was in them, I think I will remember them for many years to come.

I also see it as a little time capsule from my time at university. I can see myself looking back at this at a later date. Hopefully it will bring back memories from the things I have learnt, and will benefit me in later life!

Professional context – corsham court

May 21, 2009

I have now added another section to the website. The ‘corsham court’ section.

corsham2

Professional context – final design

May 21, 2009

After speaking with a tutor about the design, he made me realize that a lot of it was over stated. The fonts were far to big, and everything felt as if it were making too much of an impression.

I originally thought that the white lines between the colours nicely divided the segments, however I found that when they were touching, the colours themselves divide the information.

I also made the title fonts much smaller and took bold off. This I found made them look less intense, and yet still did the job of standing out. The black lines beneath the colours were also taken out, as they was not needed.

I shortened the row length, of the text, so to make the writing seem more readable.

I also introduced the scrollers on the right, so to navigate though the text.

Going along with the minimal theme, I also used a very simple, yet effective cursor.

Picture 6

professional contexts – secondary designs

May 21, 2009

I then spent a great deal of time choosing what curser to use. I found it hard to find something that would be easy to use, and fitted in with the rest of the background. I found that when I made it slightly transparent, it blended better with the colours.

I then tried the idea of a pen like curser.

Picture 61

Professional contexts – first design

May 21, 2009

I then came to the realization that indexing purley on experiences would be hard. I would be confusing to read and to navigate through. I had a few chunks of information, such as ‘what I like’, ‘what I don’t like’, ‘what im good at’, ‘what makes money’, ‘where’s the happy compromise’. However I found that some chunks were more content heavy than others. This I found awkward to display.

I then decided that it was best to organizes the information into what I did. Such as ‘lectures’, ‘work experience’, ‘portfolio’, and within these sections, there would two titles. The first title would be an explanation of what I learn from this experience, the second what I did to obtain this experience.

I then came up with this design.

Picture 60
I chose the rainbow to section off the different segments. I thought that it was a nice metaphor  to represent the different spectrums of learning.

I found that by having a slider at the top to select the information have it a very fluid feel. It also meant that the information could be displayed within a contained environment. This adds to consistency.

A second slider would appear on the lectures section, as this made it easier to navigate through.

Professional contexts – starting ideas

May 21, 2009

For the professional contextual dossier project, I wanted some way of easily cycling through the work. However at the same time, I wanted to find a way to dividing the work up. I wanted to show a systematic progression, or spectrum of order.

Firstly I considered doing a print based dossier. I liked the idea of colour coding the information. Each spectrum of colour representing the experience I had.

I also wanted to ask some kind of question, which will eventually be answered at the end. As if to ask myself ‘what have I done for the past few years, and what have I learnt from it’.

I was also interested in indexing the information by non-traditional means. Rather than indexing what I did, I would index what I learnt. To me this made sense, as it’s not what I did that mattered, but what I learnt.

I played around with many ideas, and then found that the best way to present the information would be via an interactive piece. I feel that by being screen based, it would give the project a more fluid feel.