Final Artefact

After receiving feedback on my first artefact I realised I had a fair amount of work to do! I had created my first website using tables which I can now see was a baaaad choice- it just seemed to be the simplest way of doing things at the time whilst we were learning how to use Dreamweaver… oh how wrong I was. After finally getting my head around CSS styling I actually really enjoyed working on this project and even though I had my difficulties I got there in the end! I did have some previous experience with flash, however when trying to turn my Photoshop slideshow into a movie, I was almost tearing my hair out. Managed in the end though J and embedded it on to my Dreamweaver website. (I had also added statistics and facts to my slideshow to meet the brief.)


Add a comment March 19, 2009

The difference between Web 1.0 and 2.0

These terms were new to me, so thought I’d try and get my head around them. It seems to me the main difference between the two are that 2.0 allows for user interaction and becomes more dynamic whilst 1.0 is very static and the content on there cannot be changed or manipulated in anyway by the users. Forums and Guestbook’s are a feature of 1.0, whereas on 2.0 entire networks apply and users can change and add the content visible. A good example of the changes between the two would be Britannica Encyclopedia for Web 1.0 and Wikipedia for Web 2.0.

Britannica: Users have to sign up and pay a fee to view the content which has been officially posted by ‘Britannica Encyclopedia’s’, they have no control over what is displayed to them (other than by what they search.)

Wikipedia: Anyone can view the content without signing up and without paying a fee. Users can change, and add further content to the descriptions on there. The site is managed by a team who can take content off if inappropriate, and users can highlight content which is incorrect or offensive etc.

It seems that Wikipedia gives the users more freedom and interaction with the site, something that networking sites like Facebook similarly do. Facebook, also falls under Web 2.0 as the users have complete control over what they post and the content they view, add, change etc. It seems that Web 2.0 is the way of the future as sites such as Wikipedia, You Tube, Twitter and Facebook are becoming some of the most popularly used websites all over the world.

Below shows the top ten most used websites in the UK, virtually all of them are user interactive in some way thus Web 2.0:


Google UK











Add a comment March 10, 2009

My first artefact

We were asked to construct a slideshow showing various images by using ‘Photoshop’ and publishing it on ‘Flickr’. I think I got a little confused here, and missed out one of the elements asked for which was to include ‘Statistics’! Also for some reason I thought it had to be about technology but later discovered you could do it on pretty much anything you liked, but oh well- thought I would stick with what I had! My idea for my slideshow came to me because of an idea presented to me in my A level Media lessons (a bit random I know!). Whilst discussing how technology has progressed over the years the idea of a ‘Shrinking World’ was thrown out there. This idea may sound a bit strange straight away, but if you think of it in the sense of how technology has brought people closer together it makes a lot of sense, I think!

100 years ago if you wanted to talk to someone other than face to face, writing a letter was your best bet, however nowadays you can pick up a phone anywhere of log into your e-mail or social networking site and we with them ‘virtually’ in seconds. A few weeks ago my cousin rang me from Oz and it felt like she could have been in the room with me, quite hard to believe that she was actually thousands of miles away- and so the idea of a world that has become closer in a technological sense comes in to play. So anyway that’s where my idea came from. So I constructed various images illustrating the change in technology resulting in an explanation of this ‘Shrinking World’.

Add a comment February 28, 2009

Looking into Web 2.0- You Tube

After the lecture in which we were shown a video created by Michael Wesch which illustrated how Web 2.0 works and how it effectively ‘uses’ us, I decided to watch the video posted on the Convergent Media Practice Blog of him giving a talk on his views. I had initially only intended to watch the first five minutes or so, but got so caught up in what he was saying watched the full hour!


Interestingly, Wesch’s views were discussing anthropology on You Tube, the way humans use this website, what it does and what it means. It was fascinating to hear so much about a website I generally take for granted, and it made me realise that You Tube is so much more than just a place to stream and watch videos. In his presentation he pointed out a button on You Tube I had not seen before- the ‘Communities’ button and the idea of ‘vloggers’ people who post video blogs of themselves just talking to the camera about anything they like. To me this sounds like the sort of thing only complete nutters would be involved in, so I checked it and, yes I think I was right. However, a lot of the ‘vloggers’ seem like your everyday normal person- I guess this form of broadcasting yourself is just not for me!


Add a comment February 21, 2009

Getting my head around Media Convergence

It seems to me that the convergence of media is basically the coming together of separate technologies. Nowadays we can communicate different ideas in various ways due to the advance in technological equipment. New computer programmes and software allow us to pretty much do what we like with any sort of information, via video, photography, audio etc.

 In the lecture discussing ‘Bert is Evil’ it made me realise how much power these new technologies can have. If a young teenager is able to use software like Photoshop to create images which can affect people globally, it makes you wonder what we can all be capable of! It led me on to think about how packages like these which can alter photographs change what we see on a day to day basis. As I often read female magazines I flicked through a copy of Cosmopolitan and realised most of what I was seeing was in no way real life, yet we all aspire to look like the women in there- when really it’s the reality magazines which show the real celebrities, in all their glory! The link below takes you to a picture of an example of the power of Photoshop.

 Example of Photoshop Effect

Add a comment February 20, 2009

My response to Stefan Sagmeister’s lecture about happiness in design.

Stefans inspiring presentation led me to think about how design can reflect any mood you want it to reflect, when you look for it. Sometimes happiness within design can be blaintant, as the images with the word ‘happiness’ featured within it showed. However the idea of ‘brightening up someone’s day’ as the subway signs intended, is a subtle way of trying to convey happiness through design. Humour was largely used throughout the lecture, indicating that happiness can be found through humour, and when used with design can ultimately produce a very effective way of ‘cheering someone up’. I especially enjoyed the idea of replacing the signs on subways with humorous life instructions, as usually people would not pay so much attention to these signs as they do not provoke any kind of emotion or stimulation. However in this case, if someone was to casually glance over at one, they would be pleasantly surprised, and could be left feeling a sense of happiness from it which I feel is what the designer was hoping to achieve.

1 comment January 26, 2009

Welcome to my Blog!

G’day mate, welcome to my Blog J Here I will do some reflecting on Convergent Media and our lectures, as well as a few of my own random thoughts thrown in! Now enjoy…

Add a comment January 20, 2009






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