30 November, 2010

17 November, 2010

NA | Post Demo with Garret

After going through the demo, I have decided to go with Idea #1.
Time for them sketches!

16 November, 2010

NA | Communication Diagram Continued

After finalizing our communication diagrams from VIS LANG, we are now using them in NARRATIVE class. Our project is to create an interactive communication diagram, showing how the system of communication works.

IDEA #1: Make my diagram grow. Start at Source A and have the user be able to click and make the loop grow, all while popping up descriptions and labeling of the diagram. This would able the viewer to read at their own pace, while learning the way the diagram travels.
IDEA #2: First view would be the fading in of my diagram, then zooming down to the Source A and traveling along the loop/channel path in a 3D view of the model. The descriptions would pop up as it travels, allowing the reader to read it. This would not allow the user to have control. At the end, upon returning to Source A, the view would zoom out.
IDEA #3: Having my diagram be static and black and white muted form. Then as the viewer places their mouse over the communication element, it would glow with color, and telling what it is (Ex: MESSAGE, ENCODING, etc) If the viewer chooses to click the glowing element, it would pop up the description and give examples and further information about the element.

 I am aiming towards #1 or #3. Mostly because I like the fact that the viewer would have the power to choose what they want to learn, and how fast they want to proceed. Though #1 is more appealing because it would have more motion and interaction.

VIS LANG | Communication Diagrams

After reading about the systems of communication and studying the fallowing diagrams:

We then began to create our own, using all of the information we gathered form the lectures, reading, and diagrams.
first drawing them, then creating digital. These are a few examples of this process. I made sure to incorporate the Source, Transmitter, the message, receiver, and noise. But at the time I had forgotten the channel and channel. After studying the information again. I began to redo my diagram.

 I went with using somewhat of a looped communication diagram. I began to experiment with gradation and color to separate specific elements within my diagram.
Then I worked on the final details of my diagram:
Then I tried using a key to show my digram's elements. I decided this wasn't as user-friendly as it could be...

I then placed the labels next to the corresponding pieces. I liked this better, But to finalize it, I added lines and more color to text.

Finally arriving at this:
Soon I will document the next steps we are taking with the digrams. We have used these models to understand and practice by creating tools the relate to the simulation we participate in a few weeks ago.
My partner, Ben and I are now creating a map that will focus on people of poverty, and helping them with their unfortunate situation. We will be creating a map of the bus routes of the Kansas City Metro, making them easier to read, gain knowledge of riding, and create a system of communication to better them.

10 November, 2010

NA | Final 15 sec opener and logo build for KiberaTV


Within my 15 sec narrative for my opener, I decided to show Kibera and describing the people of Kibera. Using the words "community" and "unity". I believe this sums up and shows the view that the people of Kibera are working together. Working together when it comes to trying to better their lives, and working towards spreading the news to the rest of their community. For this project I used Affect Effects CS5.
I have honestly learned a lot about AE, and I am really enjoying it. I really enjoyed how easy I was able to do transitions between one frame to another. I learned the importance of smooth transitions, and how it effects the composition. I had a lot of trouble with this, I believe my narrative could still be tweeked more when it comes to smooth transitions. 
Within my piece I wanted my transitions to be smooth and unit the text and imagery. I used direction and motion throughout the piece to direct the viewers attention and lead them.
My process was similar throughout the planning and creation of the animation. But when it came down to execution. I had a hard time deciding what I ultimately wanted to do. I think it would be best to do more planning next time. Production of this piece forced me to search and learn new things in After Effects. I highly enjoyed trying to figure it out. Most of the time...
Also learned that my frist time isn't going to look like any of the tutorials ;)

Part of my KiberaTV logo build

Logo bu and title bar in the environment 

08 November, 2010

NA | Oh Poo...

Yup that's right, changing my mind ONCE AGAIN!
I am so indecisive.

01 November, 2010

NA | Final Storyboard

Final storyboard for my 15 sec introduction to Kibera TV. The idea is to use a drawing effect, or another stop animation to show the images within the storyboard. I wanted to give the effect of it being created, like drawn. I have not decided if I am going to do this piece digitally and stop animation, so I may do them both, then decide or maybe combine them somehow.