As part of the STF app we are creating an a-z of type terms. I blogged about a feature I saw in Computer Arts a while ago but heres the online version
Spent today in Uni with George working on some more adjustments for the site. Last week I coded a page for the brief submissions using Lightbox, but I couldn’t add links to the description part of the box. So I used a different version of the slideshow called FancyBox. This was still tricky to add the description, but I found a way to do this.
This version also allows the used to use the next/previous arrows to navigate through the images and it also has support for moving GIF’s and videos (which we will need for submissions).
I’ve already added the two submissions that we have received already, and also used other specimen sheets that we had for the initial submissions that Tim collected.
All we need now is some more submissions!
Last week I was on a placement at Modern Designers. They’ve got a really nice spacious studio in the Northern Quarter and their work is mainly branding and identity across different platforms.
I had been a follower of their work for a while after researching them for the self promotion brief in second year. I’m a big fan of their work for Creative Tourist, which they run and maintain in-house.
I was given the job of designing a website and identity for one of their photographer clients. At the start of the week I thought it would be pretty straight forward. BUT I found it to be really difficult. It was hard to adjust to creating something unique so quickly, where usually I take my time and do plenty of research and sketches over the 6 weeks we get at uni. Also rather than creating just 1 outcome I needed to do an alternative version to give the client another option. I also helped them out with a few mini jobs updating copy on posters and cutting out mock ups for a book they’re doing.
I enjoyed the experience and the people there were really happy to help me out when I hit a creative barrier. They’re now going to take my work and develop it further and present it to the client as I didn’t fully complete what I was asked to do.
App Review - Sun
Sun App for iPhone/ iPod touch and iPad is very different from your average app from the iTunes Store. It is free, but to get it you have to go to the web browser on your device and save it to your home screen in order to create the App icon and view it. This is known as an iOS web app. Below are definitions from Jason Mayo’s mobile class…
Are coded / designed with a specific programming language (Objective C for iOS, Java for Android). These mobile applications are fast, reliable, and powerful but are tied to a mobile platform. That means you must duplicate them using the appropriate programming language in order to target another mobile platform.
Web Apps / Sites
Are available on every mobile platform, because they load up through the Mobiles web browser. They can work on any mobile device because they just use generic coding languages.
Sun app looks great and makes use of gestures you would find in a native app such as pinch and swipe. I like the simple layout of information and icons but the colours would be better matched to current temperature. Getting to the information also took me time to figure out as gestures aren’t made clear. It’s also a bit buggy and inaccurate at times.
There are loooaads of weather apps around, some more detailed than others. But the one I would recommend is the Met Office. Even though it doesn’t look too great it’s still very easy to navigate and information is detailed but quick to look at.
are now were using my blog theme!
Google Analytics is great and I recommend it to anyone who wants a VERY detailed look at who visites their website/ blog. You can see everything from country to user screen width and also how they landed on your website…
As part of my WIAW placement I was asked to create a 200cm x 80cm roll banner for an event. It was the first time I’d designed anything to be printed that big and it was hard to judge text size an position of images in relation to viewers eye level. Overall I’m really happy with the result. It’s hard to find a balance between shouting for sales and the classic minimal style of the brand.
George and I volunteered at the ‘speed of light’ event. It was an artistic performance that had hundred of runners dressed in light suits, lighting up media city and the Quays.
It looked amazing and I was glad to be a part of it. We were audience guides, ensuring that everyone stayed out the way of the runners and told them which parts of the Quays were the best places to see the performances.
It was absolutely freezing with bitter cold wind and snow but we ploughed through and it was a great few nights work! Everyone I met was really nice and everyone was really appreciative of our input. We got a certificate and a goody bag woop!
If you have the opportunity to attend this in the future you should definitely see it, it’s amazing!
If you missed it, watch this Blue Peter episode which was filmed on the night we couldn’t volunteer because of the pub quiz event http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/bigscreen/tv/episode/b01rs200/
A little competition I entered over easter on twitter. With a simple retweet I won some easter goodies from Creative Spark. I’ve also entered some Instagram pictures to the madhouse competition. Chosen images of Manchesters Architecture will feature in a mini exhibition.
This is the new contributors page. I had to go through all 60 odd hover letters and re-save each one to optimise them for web at a lower file size. But the page is still not loading great on every browser so it won’t be live for another day or two but feel free to test it. To help me out I used this tutorial. I’ve also extended the home page to 100% browser width take a look. Let me know if you spot any bugs