assessment 2 sample plan
As a really simple example of what to do for Assessment 2a (Planning stage for online mini photo-album):
SITE SYNOPSIS (Project Overview)
I'll be building a small site with just 9 photos. The intention of the site is to be a short photo essay on the theme of Progress. An old house nearby was recently torn down, and it gave me a feeling of sadness, loss - even though I'd never even noticed the house before that. Collaborating with Jasper (who took the photos) we developed a narrative. I thought about writing to go with each picture, but then decided the images were probably more powerful without words.
THE LOOK (Visual Concepts)
I want the site to combine aspects both of the industrial and the homely/childish, as the contrast between these two was probably what struck me most about the site (ie, the demolition site). I'm therefore going to have a black background and use a combination of grungy-industrial looking fonts (such as Amertype broken-typewriter style) and childish (such as Kidstuff). I want to keep the layout as simple as possible, as I find the pictures themselves pretty powerful & don't want to detract from that. Similar look to jaspercook.com and louiselister.com.
I will be using very small thumbnails so that they all fit on one page. This is to keep it simple. If I had more time, I'd probably choose a different structure, perhaps even just a linear one without thumbs (like a book) but then that wouldn't meet the requirements of the Assessment so I won't do that ;)
I want to have hilighted thumbs that go to their true colours when rolled over. This way you won't quite be able to see what they are until you roll over them - this keeps it a bit more mysterious. In addition, my thumbnailing will be quite abstract, so you can't quite tell what the picture is going to be, but hopefully will be interesting enough to make you want to click.
SITEMAP: I've chosen the most simple of all possible structures that meets the requirements.
- photo of machine in front room of house to show overview of what's
going on (ie, house is being ripped down).
Then I will resize my photos to 500x500, add the copyright name onto them, then make both "states" of my thumbnails at 50x50, as per my layout here. (Note: if you're using a background image, just make sure that the maximum dimension of your photos is 500 pixels or whatever fits your layout, and we'll control the consistent placement of the images using a fixed-width single cell table later).
I might experiment to see if dark>normal rollover looks better with the black background than light>normal rollover... or perhaps B&W as my first-state rollover?
I will then make my title gifs in Photoshop, ImageReady or at home in PaintShop Pro. I'll put them all into appropriate folders (making sure that neither folders nor filenames have spaces, &'s or anything else apart from letters and numbers). Eg:
/katsite (overall folder) containing subfolders:
NOTE: Having tested the site at school on the Mac with their "puffy" browser navigation, I've decided to make all my pics smaller so they'll fit in the browser at 800x600 resolution as well as 1024x768. My photos will become 400x400 pixels, and my thumbs, 40x40 pixels.
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