Digitals of an Undergraduate

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


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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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Files

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Files

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Our GitHub account


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Development and Realisation – Design Analysis 02/12/2014

Although I said in my previous post, I would research the design of this assignment; I have decided to research more on the question and the information first. I have decided that I didn’t want to involve all of the countries, just the top ten. So here is my research on the top ten fattest countries in 2014:

  • 10. Trinidad and Tobago: 30% of the population are obese 
  •  9. Venezuela: 30.8% of the population are obese 
  • 8.  United States: 31.8% of the population are obese
  • 7.  Mexico: 32.8% of the population are obese
  • 6.  South Africa: 33.5% of the population are obese
  • 5.  United Arab Emirates: 33.7% of the population are obese
  • 4.  Jordan: 34.3% of the population are obese
  • 3.  Egypt: 34.6% of the population are obese
  • 2.  Saudi Arabia: 35.2% of the population are obese
  • 1.  Kuwait: 42.8% of the population are obese

These statistics are from http://www.therichest.com/ which was published in 2014.
I found it interesting that Kuwait had such an increase compared to its neighbouring fattest country; Saudi Arabia.

So now I have the information, I wanted to think about how I would show this in an infographic without using a lot of text. The image of weighing scales immediately came to mind, I could have Kuwait at one end and Trinidad and Tobago at the other.
My other idea was to have an image of old fashioned scales and to have the top 5 fattest countries at one end, so the scales drop down and have the last 5 countries on the other side so it’s visually ‘lighter’.
I also liked the idea of having the scales balanced so show a balanced lifestyle but seeing as this is all about the fattest countries; I wanted to stick to my original plans of showing a clear definition between the percentages.

Here are some examples of infographics using scales to visualise the information:

Out of Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator, I have decided to use Inkscape to design my A2 poster because I found it was a lot more user friendly than AI and it was also free which meant I could download it and use it at home.
You can download Inkscape in my previous post here.


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Inkscape Workshop – Tracing 27/11/2014

In today’s workshop we used Inkscape and were taught how to trace images. We took a drawing of a tiger from Google Images and placed it into Inkscape. Focusing on the black parts, we used the Bezier tool to draw outlines of the stripes on the tigers head. This was easy to do as it didn’t have to be neat because you can change the anchor points later on using the Nodes tool to curve the lines and edges.

Below is the image I started with:

This is what it looked like after I had outlines a few of the stripes:

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After I had done the eye, I went on to the nose and mouth area:
(I changed the colour so it was different to the yellow)

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This is what the image looked like when I took the background image off. It’s hard to see the yellow against the white background but this was just a tester:

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I then took the Freehand tool and roughly traced the fur parts of the image. This was fun to do because it made it your own work:

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I filled in the stripes black because I wanted to keep basic colours. I also filled in the eye a light grey colour:

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The final step was to duplicate the freehand parts and enhance the blur on them to it gave off a shadow effect. I then changed the gradient of the eye so it faded out towards the nose. Finally, I blurred the mouth because I didn’t look how sharp it looked:

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I will be finishing off this image and posting it on here soon.

 

 


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Inkscape Workshop 20/11/2014

In the second half of Thursdays workshop we used Inkscape. It reminded me of Microsoft Paint which to my surprise is still around(!). The layout was extremely basic and lacked creativity. Saying this; it was incredibly easy to use although the apple shortcuts didn’t work on this programme because it isn’t Adobe. This was actually okay with me because I have never liked using apple computer software as I’m so used to windows.

My lecturer showed us how to make a doll like figure using simple shapes and tools provided. We created curves in the lines and made each eyelash individually. I found it quite time consuming but having looked at other examples from Google Images, the more complex images looked quite fun and easy to produce.  We had homework set to create our own doll from using either Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator.

Inkscape

Inkscape

I’m still yet to decide which programme I preferred working with as they were both rather simple and easy to pick up on. My next post on this topic will be the homework set. Which programme do you prefer to use and why?