Now that I
have completed another stage of researching
site design (Week08),
I feel compelled to change my current project
design as I feel it is not "funky"
enough to attract the student visitors that
the project is aimed towards.
The image below depicts the "basic"
layout of my proposed site. Perhaps you are
wondering why I am changing the design at Week
9. The answer is because I can! The reason I
can do this is because of the way I have structured
the intended design. Let me explain how and
Since I am using Macromedia's Flash as my main
development tool, I convert imported images
into a Graphic symbol, animations are converted
into Movie symbols and text added dynamically.
Hence the background of the entire Flash site
is created by a 3rd party design tool; imported
into Flash and then converted to a Graphic symbol.
That explains how, now let me explain why. (See
The original concept of the design was innovative
in the sense of how I will present the content
on the site. Although, I felt it needed to
look more impressive and inviting to capture
my main target audience. The original design
would have used images taken of some buildings
in the Belfast Metropolitan area and edited
in Photoshop to produce a black/grey outline
of each individual building. Some colour would
then be added to "characterize"
the site to attract the user's attention to
click on a hotspot, or just to give the user
something to look at. Such characteristics
could include windows of some buildings going
on and off depending on the time, moving objects
appearing on to screen such as people. vehicles
and so on - although keeping the cheesy stuff
to a non-existant minimum!
The previous design is shown below and at
the time of my change of mind it was still
Navigation Sample Design
Below I have created one sample template of
my proposed navigation using a variance of
colours chosen from my colour palette (Week
6 of Design Diary). Whilst many of the
colours do not quite match, I proceeded to
colourise each nav as shown below. I wanted
to try out a little experiment. Without putting
too much thought into the colour selection
for each sample, I wanted to see if any of
the colours "accidentally" put together
to create an unusual but effective combination.