We had a seminar on blog posts and how they should follow a system, for this I think it is good that we had the seminar as it makes our blog posts more professional. I have redesigned my blog and chose a new theme to fit the new system. I have added a widget which came with the theme on the left of the blog which lists all the categories i’ve created. I’ve put time to categorise the posts into each group , this will show all the posts that are relevant. I also added captions to each of my photos that are posted already. The photos in each post have been placed after a paragraph or even at the start of the post with a width of 400 and height of 300 this will keep the blog tidy and clean. The posts have been shortened as they should be straight to the point. There’s a search button at the top for specific findings and a follow widget at the bottom. I will further do some research to improve my blog.
Databases can be visualised through grids and this is how information can broken down into units, which is modularising. All new media (web, apps, TV or anything that is digital) is module as the data perceives the digital image or word that it is permitting which is because of the data being broken down in binary codes. The combination of numbers together make the visualisations we see.
For example GIMP is a binary code editor for digital images e.g. a digital photos placed on a x and y axis, 0 to 255 is the colour spectrum of gb on computer. Numerical presentation is a key element allows modularity, e.g. Gimp, using a pen tool to draw over pixels and changing modules-interaction
Lev Manovich (author on new media theory): modularity is one of his five principles of new media, modularity is based on binary code and it is one of the principles for interactivity as well as automation. Variability is the process of whether you interact or generating on computer. Transcoding, the idea of being digitised e.g. scanning, how we interpret things and point of view e.g. human cat, computer cat information e.g. binary code, transcode to significance to humans
As a digital image is a binary grid there is no real beginning and end relating to databases as at any point data can be retrieved in any order (random access). As a user you can change the order- your perception creates a narrative.Simple data bases which are often represented visually, e.g. mysql grid = new media: separated by commas.As I progressed in databases and gained more knowledge I learnt that mysql, is a table and it is quite straight forward.
We were asked to find two contrasting texts in form of an article/review/book based on a game/application/website. One is writing for and one is against, so for this I have chosen a well known application and social website, ‘Facebook’.
Facebook is a well known website that was launched by millionaire Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook consists of socialising through the internet. This can include adding your close friends by sending friend requests, talking to them through the messenger, even using the website for entertainment purposes through games and also building up your business reputation.
I have undergone research and found a professional article/text that speaks against Facebook, written by S.B.Heidelberg (2006) from the book ‘Imagined Communities: Awareness, Information Sharing, and Privacy on the Facebook’, this can be found on this link. The article discuss the downside of Facebook and how the privacy of a user can be a disadvantage. He writes “Some manage their privacy concerns by trusting their ability to control the information they provide and the external access to it”. I think this is quite a strong statement as I think people have a choice to upload their information e.g. martial status, email and even Skype name and also photos. Because of this it puts their identity to risk because of 3rd people contacts such as friends of mutual friends having the ability to go onto the Facebook account and access any photos, location and also important information about the person.
Continuing on from this WN-FH Tow (2010) from the book ‘Journal of Information Technology’ and can be found here. He quotes “The advent of social networking websites presents further opportunities for criminals to obtain information for use in identity theft, cyber-stalking, and worse activities.” This I can agree on as people in the modern day have identity frauds because of saved photos from profiles and also pretending to be someone else and causing trouble, in this case this has been more relatable for women because of male users hitting up the real account discussing a fake conversation with a duplicated fraud account. These shows the articles negative share of safety and privacy.
I have gone into research with positive views on Facebook through the use of reviews done on the website and Facebook isn’t that bad at all as there are benefits to it.
C.Brooks (2012) a senior writer for business daily news (link can be found here), discusses 7 positive views on Facebook. He quotes “Facebook is also in the business of matchmaking.Research shows that nearly 60 percent of singles will friend someone new on Facebook after meeting them in person”. Although Facebook is a target for identity fraud it is also a target for potential users to come together and socialise and even find love as they get to know each other through the Facebook messenger.
Another online review from C.Arthur (2011), link can be found here. He quotes “Facebook might be more social than LinkedIn but you can have valuable relationships which could lead to business”. This is another advantage to Facebook as it allows users to build friendships and are like minded then there are equal opportunities to start something new e.g. a blog together, business etc.
Overall I think Facebook is positive because of many positive articles and reviews but as well as positive feedback and opinions, there are some downsides because of Identity issues and even spam messages. In the end the positives overcome the negatives.
Other UGC platforms that was introduced to the group was ‘Wiki Commons’. It is an open website where users can share their project/work files with other users with copyright rules. The concept within the site is that users may reference/use any work that is uploaded, this means as long as credit is given then it can be used.
I thought i’d give wiki commons a try and upload a file onto the website:
There was a copyright section where I could copyright my work.
UGC platforms are really helpful when creating projects as it can give users copyright free content. This keeps people out of trouble of getting copyrighted.
Rob set us some homework and to play around with the UGC (User Generated Content) platform. This is a user generated map which is used by google, apple and all the big companies as Rob said. I will be talking about the process on the website with images below and describing how it’s used and how I found it.
This is the Open Street Map. I created an account to edit the information within the map. It looks quite plain and fairly empty from far away. But when you zoom into the map, you come to face different points with symbols representing the location pin points which keys in whether there are public/private buildings, shops or restaurants.
There is a help section which is located on the right side of the website, this help section breaks down the whole website in detail and how it is used. This is good for new users as it assisted me in using the website, this makes the access better because we get a better understanding of how to input our own data as a user.
This screen shot gives information on the website and the use of its information which is all information openly given by users of the website, referring to Robs lecture discussing the concept of open data and users given the freedom to change the data on the website. This allows the users to correct and edit data making it more reliable. Rob made comparisons to Wiki and Open Maps, they are fairly similar just different platforms as open map is the wiki for maps and Wiki websites such as Wikipedia is for data and general information that can be edited.
I will show more of the great features open street map offers down below:
Open street allows you to select a whole area if you wanted to put a whole area, for example a playground or even a stadium.
You can also input roads that are yet to be added onto the map, adding onto the data that is already there.
For my set point I have added something quite interesting, I thought about what stores/restaurants/shops were around where I live and I noticed that there was an adult store 2 blocks away from me called Simply Pleasure and I pin pointed it down as an Erotic store. I found it easy to navigate and edit pin points and because the kebab store next to me isnt the right name, I will find out the real name of the Kebab store when I walk past later on and edit it on the map.
Overall I think that this is an advantage for participatory culture as it quite important for new media, because such things allows the user to have their own input of information, making it more of a community instead of a individual website as people have the same rights to edit and also we have freedom as a user. But there are downsides to this as people can edit information for the wrong reasons, this is something i have to keep into mind. But I can use this as a plan to create my database website and maybe use UGC.
The next project on the Level C course is the ‘Design for Digital Media Environments’. The new task we’ve been given is quite interesting as we have to create a website in a group of 3 that utilizes database such as twitter and using the database through PHP, Myadmin etc., for example Kyle showed us an example website for housing properties that he made.
Last semester Kyle has given us the breakdown into these data base websites, teaching us how construct our own webpages through the workshops. We’ve been learning HTML & CSS & PHP. PHP is coding language that supports databases which is connected through a server, this allows the web developing to minimise the amount of coding within HTML.
Over the next few weeks we will be doing lectures and workshops based on the project and I will interpret the knowledge that I learn within my own website.
First workshop in on our new brief to creating A2 posters on the following:
Where have you been and when?
What is your social network?
How many documented meteor impacts have there been?
Who lives the longest?
What is the fattest country?
Where do different genders shop online?
Who know each other and how in Star Wars?
What type of music is the most popular?**
Who has the largest carbon footprint?
How does the hydrologic cycle?
I have picked “‘What type of music is the most popular?” – I have chosen due to my interest of music and also I have generated enough Ideas to create 10 prototype posters. The images below are taken from http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com/showcase and these have inspired me or given me ideas.
This poster I like due to the different range of colours used which is in form as a vintage retro disc that are used on record players. I thought this was really good because it represents music genres and songs through the different colours of the spectrum and could also show whats colour represent the songs and I think I will use this interpretation through my poster and use different colours to represent what genre or type of music people like.
I also admire the poster above as it is more of an information based poster which I consider to use and interpret within my poster. The use of graphs and pie chart is a great use for infographics as they are a great and simple but effective way to publish any researches and I can follow up on the graphs and maybe create my own graphs and use different abstract shapes and colour.
Again with this poster it has various features that inforgraphic posters have for example, the graphs, the abstract graph and also has the art behind it. The thing that captures my eyes is the logos on the top right of the poster as they very simple but unique and they captured my eye almost at an instant because of the simplicity of the logos and I might use this concept in my poster.
I like this poster because there is a sense of journey with the poster and I could use a journey of music through the map and maybe use musical symbols that portray music. It also has a map and I might use a country and vector it and work around with what I know and have in mind. These are just some ideas I have developed.
The concept behind this idea allows the viewer to have our own idea on space as one of Hockney’s interests were working with time and space. Hockney’s stitched photos had different views, some were really aligned and some were just placed to make the photo look unique. When doing my photographs i’ll need to experiment with placement and also refer the photos to the theme of cycle.
Here are some examples of long exposed shots (from google):
Both light and movement are key aspects to long exposure shots and there are different many ways to take them. I will be trying to use any light and movement within my photos as I feel they are most effective for long exposures.
Here are some examples of short exposures (from google):
Short exposure shots are taken with a fast shutter speed which captures an moving object at the moment. The images are taken at the exact time as the shutter speed is just like a blink, it freezes time. This can make a photograph interesting. I will something quite extreme and capture the right moment.
On the 29th of September 2014, the DMD group A were all given a creative task to complete a A-Z photography collage. We were given the option to collaborate or to work solo, and I decided to work with Abraham. On that same day we had a lecture on photography and learnt about contrasts, alignment, lighting, depth and the rule of thirds. The photos taken were meant to be of naturally occurring objects, in this case myself and Abraham took photos on the way to the beach and found possible abstract letters.
Inspiration: I have also researched into Maholy Nagy & some of the artwork of Bauhaus movement, which I find interesting because of the creative thinking and also the abstract view. This assisted me with the understanding of these collages and also the concept behind it all.
Here are some of the key words that we’ve learnt in our lecture on photography:
Rule of thirds – The rule of thirds is the concept used in video/film/photography production in which the frame is divided into into nine imaginary sections.
Leading lines – The Leading lines is a method that depends upon utilising scenic surroundings in a format to literally lead the eye following a subject through the image. It can be more than just an image.
Exposure – In photography, exposure is the measurements of the amount of light allowed to reach the sensor of a camera during the process of taking a photograph.
Balancing Elements – The balancing elements intertwines with the rule of thirds, as the rule of balancing can make a difference between a good and a top quality photo. The drawback of this is that it may leave a void in the frame giving a sense of emptiness. There should be a equal balance between objects within the frame.
Composition – The composition within a photo is the placement/arrangement of visual elements in a photography using the rule of thirds.
Symmetry and patterns – Both symmetry & patterns contribute in a photo and works well with the rule of thirds as you can spot out key patterns and symmetry within an object and define it.
Viewpoint – The Viewpoint can be defined as an angle/stance or direction from where you choose to shoot each image.