Digitals of an Undergraduate

Chloe, 19 from Hertfordshire, UK. First year Digital Media Design student at Bournemouth University

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Our Wiki Account – Design for Digital Media Environments 16/03/2015

If you have read my previous post about our Wiki you will know that it is connected to my University server so you cannot access it if you’re not connected to it. I want to share with you our research and how we have been getting on so I thought I would screenshot some of the posts we have created.

Screenshots of our Wiki Page

Screenshots of our Wiki Page

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Screenshots of our Wiki Page


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Research for our Web Application – Design for Digital Media Environments 10/03/2015

Over the last few days I have posting on our wiki page about our groups progress. We have managed to build our student housemate finder and create a logo. I have been using my3schools to help me get around HTML and CSS. I also created a logo for our website:

Our Logo

Our Logo

I designed it using Inkscape. I wanted to have the student theme in the logo along with the estate agent theme. I did some research and found a lot of estate agent logos and nothing really included the student aspect. I came across this logo, traced it on Inkscape and tweaked it so the colours were different. The previous image was a green/yellow colour but I changed this to a brown colour because I feel it fits our student/house theme better.

Here are some screenshots of our website and work files:

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Our GitHub account

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Wiki Post – Designing our Web Application – 07/03/2015

Our first task to complete is to create a post on our group wiki account. We have to explain our project concept and include what will be created, research and our group member roles.
We have decided to design a House Finder website, where users can find housemates and a house to live in. We have decided to aim our website at students in the South of England as we feel like it is not too broad but not too small of an area.

We will create a database where users will have a username and password, once this has been created they can then make a profile of themselves and search any town in the South to find a housemate and/or house.

There will be a tab in the navigation bar that allows users to submit room details. There will also be a search page where users can then refine a search to rooms and people that are relevant to them. An example of this could be searching for a housemate in Bournemouth, who is male, looking for a five bedroom house under the price of £350 pcm.

Contact will be allowed between email addresses of the users.

Luke has been designing the layout for the website using CSS and PHP in Brackets. Terry and I have been looking at colours and logos to use for our website. For this we researched estate agents and took elements from their pages e.g colours and themes used. We will all continue to work as a team, allowing each members input into our work.

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Website Name Brainstorm 26/02/2015 – Design for Digital Media Environments

So after my group decided on our website application which you can read here I wanted to come up with some name ideas. We are focusing our website on students so I did some research to find what was already on the market and found a few websites:

I want to include the word student into the name because it’s important to share we are advertising a website for students and not for others. As our website is also kind of an estate agent site, including pictures and information of houses, I want users to get the impression from the name that our website is what is says it is.

Here are a few of my ideas:

  • Student House and Mate Finder
  • Student Houses and Mates
  • Roommates for Students

We haven’t decided yet if our website will be focused locally, so in the Dorset/Bournemouth area or if it will be available across the UK.

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Group work for Design for Digital Media Environments

This is our first group work project of the year. I think working in groups for this task will work really well because each person will be set a signed role to complete. It will work efficiently as some of us are more confident with different aspects. For example, one of my team members is very confident in CSS and PHP so he can guide us with using it for our website.

We will anonymously peer assess our group so if someone isn’t putting in enough effort we can mention this. I think peer assessing is a really good for a group project because there’s nothing worse than someone not doing a lot of work and achieving a high mark!

I am confident my group will work together well, as we all seem confident and happy to put the effort in.

'When I do group work by myself'

‘When I do group work by myself’