For this project I decided to make my movie using animated typography which I found out is called kinetic typography. Here are some examples I looked at-
I used Adobe Flash to make my video rather than Adobe After Effects simply because After Effects is incompatible with my computer. After writing the script I chose the music for my clip from freemusicarchive.org. The piece I chose was Dirt Rhodes by Kevin MacLeod and was 2.00 minutes in duration which gave me a time frame for my clip.
Making the animation I chose a fading grey background in order to keep the video clean looking and bold black text which stands out in an undistracting way.
After finishing my video I realised it was longer than 2.00 minutes so I decided to cut the second paragraph and used an audio editing program called Audacity to extend the music by a few seconds.
200 Word Description
When designing my navigational interface I tried to keep usability at the forefront, making an application which is very functional and something people intuitively know how to use. I emphasised simplicity in my design by purposely taking away any unnecessary parts which I think leaves the most important features to be easily accessible.
Upon opening the application there is just two options –you can either view various maps or you can enter a destination. The first option leads you to general maps of Victoria University while the second leads to a page where you can enter your chosen destination and your current location.
I chose to incorporate traditional bird’s eye view maps as I found for longer distances that they seem to be the easiest to navigate. In the map of Kelburn I also incorporated photographs to pinpoint landmarks on your journey. If you click on a photo it will bring you to a description of the building and from there you can navigate to an in building map. I tried to design this interface to be informative to new university students who are the most likely people to use it which is why I wanted to give background information for buildings and landmarks.
I want to make all my buttons in shades of green with very simple symbols inside of them which are easily understood without the use of text. For my keypad I plan to incorporate my nature theme with metaphorical sticks and leaves.
I’ve chosen to give my application a nature theme because when I go to Kelburn Campus I think there is quite a lot of plant life. To do this I took some photographs of plants and nature which I’m going to incorporate.
In this application I’ve chosen to use greens as the main colour, with the complementary colour of red to highlight important things such as the pathway and Black and to give extra detail to things such as text.
Process with Processing:
I started this project in processing by simply getting a shape to follow the mouse.
Next I started to learn how to create movement separate from the mouse movement. After looking through examples on openprocessing.com I started to learn how to use Class to create movement in objects. I didn’t get very far with this however until I learnt how to create arrays. I found that arrays are particularly useful especially when I learnt how to combine class and arrays and what each section of code needs to run the application.
Next I need to learn create interactions between the objects, such as repelling the zebra’s from the lion. I also need to learn how to destroy a zebra dot when the lion dot comes into contact with it and replenish the zebra dots.
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