Monday, November 16, 2009


We are born into new media so we are attracted to it through the objects that within; what is being sold, favorite shows, commercials, and narrations. Through understanding one media you have the ability to learn another media. It is interesting how we interact with the web as if it is a living entity sending emails, using it to talk to friends on a chat, or even reading stories. Because the experience is what makes the web unique it thus allows the user to become apart of the world and the narration or experience rather than just an observer. One has to make sure that the illusion is strong within the website as i have learned from previous readings. The illusion is what attracts a user and keeps them in because they are experiencing the illusion and falling for it as well as enjoying it.

Learning the ways of interface is unique in that it seems to change a website slowly or fast there is no in-between. By slow meaning the website changes over a duration of time such as buttons at first then the color of the screen allowing a user to slowly adapt to the new form. The other method the faster way is when a website its put up or changed drastically there is no time for the user to adapt they have to figure it out all over again. This can be frustrating to a user because of the new interface though if there is interaction that allows the user to feel in control i think that they adapt to the programing much quicker because they can decide how they want to take in all the new information.

When it comes to computers adapting to other media that is not true. Media adapts to computers. This is because the power of cinema has done all that it can do and looks to do more with CGI and VRML They want to not only control how you view something and how you perceive but also how you see the world by creating it for you. This happens not only in cinema but also in video games. The user in both these mediums only have so much control though in video games it becomes more than cinema. Within cinema you are shown how the director wants you to see it and the same goes for video games. Video games how ever give you different options, such as how to view something, options to interact with other characters, and how your story will end up due to your choices. The only draw back is it is not true freedom because you are still being controlled by the director and writer. You can only go down so many paths and do so many things before it gets old. VRML on computers how ever become more of a freedom. This goes for secondlife which i play. Second life allows a user to choose what they want to do and how they wish to do it. Yes somethings are controlled such as how your camera works to view the Virtual reality but there is more of a soul to it. Because how you interact with people really reflects on you because it is you. Yes it may be pixels but there is still a person behind that who can make conscious decisions with out being told.

Also, what i have noticed is that in cinema there are different ways of viewing things such as in theaters or on the TV and it comes in different forms such as DVD, VHS, Blue-Ray, or AVI. There is a different idea to this because you are using movies as an investment you are paying money to really get into the movie. You perceive the illusion in a movie theater less but when you are at home you are swallowed in. Why? THis is because you can hear people eating popcorn or a baby crying every so often in a movie theater and your world of illusion is broken and their for becomes a waist of money. How ever the world of the internet allows you to view websites in your own comfort zone and on your own time without any distractions allowing a user to really get into the illusion of the website. Only there is a problem here, the problem is not for the user but for the developer of the website. They have to constantly ask the questions of how do i get them to stay? how do i get them to read over everything and understand what I'm trying to say? and How much control do I want to give to the user? These questions are all asked and they come down to... How can you make a user invest their time to your website. It is the investment that is important..the more a person invests into something the more they pay attention. More websites are doing this by allowing the user to control how the webpage looks for them. creating forums to talk about different information and also forming bonds with other people that use the same website. These become some investments to keep users around and keep their attention.

Bodoni Poster
ziba packaging
branding project
visual advocacy project
collections site
type tests- Skulls
Type conference items
bike booklet- partner Justin B.
Wright- design book
Writer based website-Epple
Degree project
shuttle cocks project

Options for categories: Packaging-web-design systems- branding- experiments-print media.

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