Thesis Update – Meeting 2

As expected, I have completed my task for last week which is to come up with possible thesis topics and here are the list of topics i came up with;

  • Effect of Print Design…the technological impact  – Technology is no doubt has greatly influence the delivery of print media in this day and age. Different technological innovation or upgrade in print design software’s, operating platforms and the delivery platforms have totally revolutionised the print design industry.15 years ago there has been a steady rise in the amount of companies and software developers thinking outside the box and coming up with exceptional system designs that are faster and with more capabilities to amazing things.

    Questions to be answer? How has new technology further improve the print design industry

    Proposed thesis title:

  • Effect of Print design on brands – Companies spend thousands of Euros on their brand management, and one of the major avenues for this huge spending is through the print and design of their promotional and marketing materials. For my thesis, I will like to know how it all started, what has changed and of course is it still relevant.                                                                                Questions to be answered                                                      Proposed thesis title:?
  • Typography in Print Design – Typography is the bedrock to any design. Get it wrong and you have lost the very unique thing that can make your design stand out.
  • Impact of Print Design on Education – Over the years, different educational institutions have produced print design graduates yet they find it difficult to compete in the labour market because they spend half of their years in college….
  • Print design for the Special Need – This is will investigate how it changed to accommodate people with special need. In doing this, I could have four different case study and reflect on the changes that have taken place over the years in accommodating such people and what was the impact of such changes to the
  • Print design software’s – There are various print design software’s in the market e.g Adobe, Corel, Serif et.c My research will be to determine what makes this software’s worth spending money on and what can be result. Also I can argue my point based on what software I think is best based on the research I did on this topic.

Out of all the topic i came up with, I was passionate about the first topic I choose and its clearly obvious because I put a lot of effort in getting information on the topic because it’s directly related to my final year project which is and iPad eMagazine for my course Creative Digital Media.

I was able to convince her and make her see why I would love to write my thesis on this particular topic and eventually she agrees. So she advised me to do more work in trimming down my chosen topic as it’s very broad and I need to fine tune it so that it will give me a picture of what am to achieve.

So my task for next week is to fine tune my research question, write up what am trying to find out in my research question, write up a short paragraph under each headings Introduction, Main body and my Conclusion

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Thesis Update – Meeting 1

This week , I was assigned to work with Nicola Duffy, who doubles as my final year project and thesis supervisor. In our first meeting, she explained what my tasks are and what is expected of me. She also stressed the importance of working very hard in achieving  the desired result.

She asked what I would like to do for my academic writing? To be honest, the answer at this stage is I DON’T KNOWsimply because i just don’t have a clue of where to start from.

We reached an agreement that there will be a weekly task towards the academic writing and my task this week is to come up with 5 different topics for my thesis and write one paragraph summary on each of the topics. Also find a suitable thesis title for the writing.

All the tasks must be completed before the next meeting which will be immediately after Ciritical Analysis lab session on  wednesdays.

Thesis Update – Meeting 3

For my thesis, she looked at the last task given to me last week which was to come up with a research question and have some sort of question tunnel which will help me understand the question and trim down the research question in a more detailed way as each level tends to put add more clarity to what am to achieve.

Her feedback was positive as regards my progress in pinning down my research question. For the following week, she asked me to come up with five different topics and write a one paragraph summary about each topics I choose.

Week 16 – 18: FYP Progress

In the past few week, my progress meeting with my supervisor is to show her the page layout of my eMag. She liked them and she advised me on changing some of the elements on my page so as to make it more pleasing to the user and possibly improve the user experience.

For next week, I will be showing her the changes I made to the pages she advised me on and also show her new pages i designed. The eMag is 12 paged but has some sub section in each page.

Here are the changes i implemented:

Week 6 – Identity in the community

Introduction

My project is to tell a picture story of the cultural differences between myself and Dean Wall.

Dean Wall is a friend and class mate for the past four years in the college and we have shared some great memories together in the course of our study. Dean is an Irish by birth.

I have always been fascinated about Dean’s way of life as I see in him the undying Irish tradition as a fun loving people. Having known him for the past four years in college and because there is a huge cultural differences between us and how we see things like religion, family, dress sense and hobbies are reasons why I choose him.

All the characteristics listed above are determining factors that define Dean’s personality and this is am what out to capture through my picture story.

My research findings informed my decision as it show that most Irish people are open, helpful, hospitable, interested in sport, independent, have good sense of humour, and famously known for drinking.

The themes I will be using to best capture different perspective of Dean’s daily story includes; dressing, habits, interests, goal, social class, and nationality

Analysis and Planning

I intend to have a timeline of activities that will capture Dean Wall’s perspective of being an Irish in the 21st century. The six shots will be sequenced as follows;

  • Nationality
  • Social Class
  • Dressing
  • Interest
  • Habits
  • Food

For effective representation of my chosen themes, I will be using different POV so as to have a strong relationship between the subject and the theme.

Nationality – I will use a Fill the frame composition technique for this theme and this will be capture by zooming as close as possible on my subject. This will create strong sense of pride and confidence in being an Irish.

Social Class – I will be using rule of thirds technique for this shot because I will like to show enough background alongside my subject so as to creating content for the viewers so as to influence their conclusion on the social class of my subject

Dressing – I will be using a dynamic diagonal point of view to capture my subject as it will add a dynamic change to the way we view subject’s dressing.

Interest – I will use the gaining height technique to take picture looking down on my subject in a game of soccer for his local football club, this will give the picture a good height and an interesting scenario.

Habit – I will be using off shoulder technique to take the picture of my subject so as to create an amazing effect of third person view of my subject

Food – I will be using the lead-In Lines technique to take this picture so as to create a nice depth to the shot which will catch the viewer’s attention.

To be honest, I hope to get at least one shot to be in black and white but am keeping my options open as regards this because it takes one moment to have discovered great shot that can and will work fine in black and white.

Definitely I will be using some illustration so as to add more spark to my amazing six shots.

Conclusion

My ultimate goal at the end of this to capture and have a visual representation of Dean Wall’s personality in the Irish society he was born into and the cultural difference we both shared. Also my aim is to use Dean’s picture story as a fairly accurate indicator of the lifestyle of an average Irish youth.

Bibliography

Irish traits research link

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_some_Irish_traits

http://www.everyculture.com/Ge-It/Ireland.html

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/1997/mar/17/where-i-stand-irish-a-mix-of-ego-stubbornness-grea/

Photography composition tips link

http://carrielowe.com/photography/photography-composition-tips.html

Week 5 – Cultural Difference and understanding Narrative

This week, the task is to research variety of photographers/artists who’s work have inspired and captured cultural difference in a community and what makes their work unique.

I researched on different photographer and I find all the works of this chap to be very creative and a source of inspiration.

Mitchell Kanashkevich, a tireless world wanderer and a travel / documentary photographer, working predominantly in Asia and Eastern Europe.

One of his works that caught my attention is the photo story of how a remote islands in the south Pacific nation of Vanuatu have a unique cultural lifestyle of either being a skillful gardener, hunter or fisherman, the skills are picked up from a young age, through children watching and helping their parents.

Here are some of the images the captures their lives and culture.

Mitchell makes good use of point of view for the kids on the boat which show how confident they are, good use of rule of third for the lady fishing which uniquely set a  rich story and ofcourse bird view camera angle which shows how passionate the young boy is determined to get his target.

On the portrait side of his freelance works, he captures ethnicity in the modern world we live in.

Week 14-15: FYP Progress

This week, I met my supervisor to discussed the progress I have made from the last time we met. She gave me the following tasks to complete

  • Research and give reason(s) why I will be using the interactive elements I choose
  • Research on different digital portfolios and take note of things I love about the final product 
And this my approaching in completing the task

For my interactive eMag for this CDM course I will like to have different interactive elements. Here are some of the elements I will be hoping to use in the eMag

 Prefered Interactive Element for FYP

They will be implemented through the Overlay Creator which is pop-up column that allows you to add interactive elements to a basic static layout with inDesign CS5.5

i will be using the following elements

  • Video Embed
  • 360 Degree Pan – I hope to use this feature to pan through the Mac lab and use it in such a way that I will have different videos on the mac

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-indesign-cs5/creating-a-panorama/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnSGJ3woHnQ&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL157C08AB2C2ED875

  • Interactive icons – to serve as a menu link
  • Swipe – I will apply to different cross section of the eMag. For instance it will be used for the photo slide, menu 

http://padilicious.com/code/touchevents/

  • Zoom in – This is important because it allows users to zoom text or a picture closer for a better view.
  • Spin – I will be using this for all menus (navigation links) on the

Researched Digital Portfolios / websites

http://www.zoomzoommag.com.au/issue06_2011

Interactive video Interactive Game

Interactive Pop Up menu

Good use of sound

http://www.esprit.com/

I love the intro

http://emagcreator.com/cases/

Other research

http://edition.claretandbluemagazine.co.uk/issue05.html

http://magdesigner.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/wired-magazine-to-launch-on-ipad-by-summer/

http://touchpress.com/titles/skulls/

NEXT WEEK’S TASK

My task next week is to redesign the cover page and with the help of the extensive research that I have carried on different digital portfolios, I should come up with a much improve design for atleast 5 page of my eMag and explain the importance of every individual interactive elements used on each page.

Getting Started – Thesis

To be honest, there are so many things going through my mind as regards the thesis, thank goodness, thesis has been reduced to #5,000 – #7,000 words and thats a good news!

This week project supervisor will be assigned to us and their task is to guide us through the writing of thesis and give us a structural guidance on how best to structure the thesis based on their own experience.

Week 1 – Critical Theory

First class session for Critical Theory and we get to meet our lecturer, Nicola Duffy.

She introduced the module to us and what we will be covering in the course of the semester.

Just to get started, she asked what critical theory? In my opinion of  critical theory is “analysis of media content in a way that it provides information about our lives and culture. And we watched a youtube video on its anthropology. Its interesting that people portray different personality when they talk to their computer as if they can physically see their audience.

Also the youtube emergence as created a sort of community where people do all manner of things in the comfort of their room which sometimes leads to them getting famous and otherwise. The video really explains everything from the emergence of youtube, its history and what has changed and how it changed the world we’re living in.