Task 1 – The Interface

For my first task we was in groups where we had to consider a range of website for:

-Accessible (How easy is it to use the website for anyone)

-Find-ability (How easy is it to find)

-Usability (How easy is it to navigate)

 

Website 1 – Tim Walker

-This site was the first when searched for on Google and was able to be located on Facebook. Large scale and sound not available for disabled people. 

-The name is quite common so there were many suggestions on Twitter.

-It is easily set out with in the galleries and is easy to navigate. However, becomes tedious when having to click off each image as you can’t navigate across from one to the other without going back to the main gallery.

 

Website 2 – Rankin

-It is the first suggestion in Google and can be accessed on portable devices including phones. Also has sites including his Facebook and Twitter connected to his website. Has a mixture of small and large writing, small writing won’t be visible for partially blind but can be easily navigated by people who don’t use technology much.

-Rankin can be easily found on Facebook and Twitter through both his site and on social media due to popularity.His work is also located on Youtube along with a behind the scenes for many of his shoots.

-Can be easily navigated even with many options to travel through being available. Images are easy to travel through in both thumbnail and large scale. The site also has a  mailing list that springs up many times when trying to navigate the site that can be annoying. 

 

Website 3 – Martin Parr

 

-The site only has a link to his blog from his website.Many sites including Magnum is linked to Martin Parr but they are not connected to his site but do come up as main suggestions on a Google search.

-Social networking presence isn’t as high as with other photographers but is a main suggestion on Google. 

-Icons are used instead of text as a quirky feel but you do have to scroll over each to work out which icon is for what feature. It is  easy to read the site as the text is able to be enlarged when reading it. Main information including images is also found on one page, first page while the added information are based through the icons. With film, sound is available but for text it isn’t.

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Creating My Website – Introduction To Domain

For this module I have been asked to buy a domain name with service space. Two things to consider.

1. My domain must be http://www.yourname.co.uk OR http://www.yourname-photography.co.uk (other names and suffixes should be discussed with the tutor).

2. Hosting should be 500MB, have at least one MSQL database, PHP 5 and a secure control panel.

This means that…

  • Disk space – How much space is available to use.
  • Monthly Bandwidth – Total amount able to be transferred from the server to the audience.
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP) – What is used to upload tot he server.
  • My SQL / SQL / Database – A group of tables that contain Data that easily populate websites with instructions.
  • Domain name – part of a network address that shows it belongs to a certain website. 
  • Hosting – A site connected to the internet on a computer that holds information
  • PHP 5 – Server scripted text designed for web development and is also used as a general programming language. 
  • Control Panel – An interface site that is supplied by a hosting website for managing any hosting sites in one area.

From this we was given a range of website suggestions with hosting packages on them.

Vidahost. £17 a year paid straight away. For 500gb of server space, easily used control panel and allows plugins including wordpress.

Visen. £45 a year, suggested by lecturer.

One.com £10.45 a year for the domain name but does not have industry standard control panel. 

GoDaddy £2.99 a month as direct debit but gets hacked a lot.
1&1 £2.99 (usually £4.99) a month allows plugins such as wordpress.

123-reg £2.49 a month + vat. Has cloud hosting, 1GB disk space and 10 sub-domains.

From this I decided to go for vidahost as it would be cheaper that the other suggestions including the first suggestion of visen. Also because of this reason it was most popular within the class meaning it would be the main option focused on during lectures. It also only used one payment instead of a monthly amount meaning it was easier to pay for as it was all done in one lump sum and had all the tools that is required for the module.

From this I got the domain name http://www.deanachantlerphotography.co.uk

 

In this lecture I was introduced to how the internet works and whether there is such thing as too much knowledge. The internet is a large part of everyone’s lives nowadays, so much so that everything revolves around it or people live more of their lives on there than in reality or back up their information. This was foreseen by Vannevar Bush, the then-director of the United States officer of Scientific Research and Development who wrote an essay titled “As We May Think” describing how in time we will have technology that stores our images, films books etc. that also has the use of hyperlinks and metadata to help navigate. To him technology was based over running the world but technology is used now more for bringing ideas together more easily so to come up with new ideas like back in the time of the printing press being invented. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20415707

Yet when people consider how their information such as pictures, documents etc. In some cases their only copy is stored on what is thought of as “the cloud” a feature that no one sees but we all rely on, something of enormous scale and weight where all information in the world is held. This is brought into thought with the video from the IT crowd.

However, in reality there is a space where all the information is stored as a range of technical filing cabinets around the world linked to open power lines under the water and ground. Something that you would expect to be sealed but are not. Information of which can easily be found online for how to bring down the internet with an explanation of where the locations are and how to destroy them. Raising the questions of is this ideal to be available online? Why is such information so openly available? How will people cope if the internet was destroyed? as people could lose their precious items without getting them back.

http://gizmodo.com/5912383/how-to-destroy-the-internet

In response I feel that the internet is a key tool nowadays that is resourceful if also making people lazy as they take advantage of it. The world however would not be prepared as people have come to be the internet is the answer to everything if people need the answer, to advertise, arrange something or contact someone then the internet is there to solve it. So when there is a power cut people resort to their phones, if a website down then as soon as it is available there is an online frenzy. If it was to become that the internet went down indefinitely then many would believe their world is over as they lose a lot of their memories and would be bored in no time. As it would take time for people to get used to the idea of venturing outside without checking their portable devices.  However, on a drastic scale the end of internet would mean the end of the world for many as it could resort in the death of people through the aviation control room being affected leading to plane crashes, or the same with boats and traffic lights causing road accidents. So it isn’t the best idea to put the faith in what people search for as a way of avoiding such happenings especially when the devices main tool is to bring together ideas and people who want the same thing.Put in context with the amount of terrorism happening if anything the thought is more alarming that such information isn’t being monitored more carefully.

The Web Is More Than Better TV Video

Recently video and television turned 60, however the video looks at how their relationship has been through the time. This is by the computer ambushing the television.  As nowadays the computer is seen as being the better option as the computer has the same facilities and more as what the television does. Only it brings in what is classed as Moore’s law of miniaturization meaning that everything is becoming smaller and slim lined. So people are able to carry more about but it is still lite.

Timeline

  • First built after WW2

It was a numeric integrator and calculator used to solve military problems.

  • 1939

Radio introduced television.

  • 1949

The Internet became a whirlwind.

Built in MIT Lincoln Lab, by Jay Forrester for the navy.

The atomic bomb made the computer stronger as they deployed Semi-Automatic Ground Environment System to strengthen defenses able to deal with complex maths.

A massive piece was created that held most technical programs – lot like what we had today.

This took up the size of a city then got smaller to create first mini – computer.

Goes to MIT and mutation happens. Able to be distributed.

Gives power that people have as what the audience have. Moving it into the industry.

Spacewar – first game built which created principles of gaming.

  • 1950’s

Game was shipped out with computers – mid 50’s

  • 1960 – 1975

Stanford University – John McCarthy and Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and Doug Engelbert, computer scientist at SRI created the Micro Processor.

Interaction led to personal computing through ethos of sharing and putting the tools to use.

Led into media territory.

Hypercard – first hyper linked site, allowed you to jump to other parts of the one document.

Tim Barnes Lee moved it out of being just the document.

  • 1993

David Sarnoff commercialized radio.

Computers broke into being part of phones and TV.

World wide web was created.

Internet was about pages not people.

  • Nowadays

Internet is about people – audience has a role.

People have the Internet to connect to others, television advertising isn’t needed as much.

 

The old is the influence of the new.

Movies are the content of the TV. – Books were the content of the film

As TV gets beat up so to form the internet you’ll get the merge of the two and create the new.

 

This gives the idea of how the Internet came about before I was born but here it at least allows me to imagine it. I do remember the time of no Internet being available. Well it was available but with me being around the same age as the Internet it was a new thing so until the late years of my primary schooling it wasn’t seen as something to be shown to someone of my age. Which a child of about 5 now knows how to use as they have lived with it all their lives. While I remember the first time it was brought into my school at the time as a new resource for lessons and something new for us to learn, and the anticipation from even the room being built to hold the computers and the lesson in as there was nowhere to put them.

 

From this detailing out the timeline though it makes it clearer to imagine the route of which technology will take as it moves forward every few months and as you try to keep up with it for business-like and personal reasons. It is at least more clearer of how the next step is going to be for someone for staying strong in the business world through the use of the internet.

Creative Brief

Alongside my website brief I was also given a brief based on photography. For this one I have to:

1. Comment, collate and respond on other people blogs.

2. Find third party sites that can include on my website so to advertise my work including twitter and flicker at least.

3.Create 3 set of 10 or more images (one set can be a video instead between 30 seconds to 2 minutes) that holds a narrative in response to digital lives. These topics are:

-Work

-Rest

-Play

Website Brief

Today I started a new module based around creating a website. For this I was given a set of outcomes which translates as…

1.Analyse a set of readings or videos given throughout the term So that I can understand what the information is saying and through how it is delivered.This is especially in relation ti the media.

2.Research how pieces are created in relation to building my website so to form my website how I want it to be.

3.Design a website where a site is created with a clear layout, using pages that holds new media on it. The pages will be a portfolio and at least one static html page.
4.Create a working website.

5.Blog each week with analysis, evaluate and reflection so to question what is going on around me.