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Interactive Portfolio Review Website Design

Posted in Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 by yiranlee

1. Introduction

As an industrial student who wants to advertise her capability in design, I come up with the idea of creating a website to collect my pasty years’ design work.

Designers’ value is evaluated by their portfolio during their career life. When seeking job or introducing themselves to clients, showing portfolio documents used to be a traditional way for presentation. However, as we have entered the information epoch, internet has provided a more convenient and diverse way for us to present our ideas. The goal of this project is to combine my product design with a brand new website design. There may not be very complicating function and structure of the website, but the presentation of it will be interactive and interesting for the viewer, which means this website is not solely a “container” of portfolio, its visual effect and structure are of art and digital value by itself. It would be ideal that viewing this portfolio presentation is an enjoyable experience for the viewer.

2. Design Criteria

2.1 Art effect and system identity

This project shall reflect some of the designer’s design style, characteristic and design focus. Rendered by simple animation and cartoon effect, the website shall become a combination of creativity and aesthetics harmony. It should also have a system identity which can be recognized as a featured visual representative of this designer.

2.2 Simple and intuitive interaction

This project is based on a simple frame for user to view designer’s work quickly and easily. There will be interactive design embedded into the interface. For convenience of users, interaction shall be easy and intuitive to identify.

2.3 HCI principle

Because website design is closely related to HCI, the interface shall follow some interface design principles. Also, for users of different age and knowledge ability to understand the interface, text size, bar size will be regulated in the future design.

2.4 Information function

Do not forget the main function of this website is to promote the designer’s work! So designer’s introduction information will be shown on the website on time. For the viewer to memorize this website and designer, there are also tricky parts of color and layout of text shown on page.

3. Observation

There are good examples of website presentation here, many of them inserted animation effect to attract users.

IBM “smart city” presentation:

http://www-03.ibm.com/innovation/us/thesmartercity/#/home/

On-line website design tool:

http://www.wix.com/

-Yiran Li

Reading Notes

Posted in Uncategorized on February 10, 2010 by yiranlee

“The creator’s pattern”:
Two conclusions have been summarized in the article, one is the raid upon those creators’childhood. The other is those creators’ assupmtion and to attempt to strike out on one’s own as much as possible. However, whether those can be concluded as a feature or characteristic of the event of creativity shall be highly doubted.Are those specific examples representative enough to support common feature in all those creative people?

“Design protocol data and novel design decisions
“:
Author in this article has tried to devise a method to measure people’s creativity, which is a delicately designed. However, I feel confused about the exactness of result in this method.The  subjects’ background  are various(such as age, experience influence etc.) and can have a great influence on the test result.
There is also problem existing between  the measurement of creativity in design-related field and maths/statics field. If someone is doing innovation in maths. Is drawing still the primary method to faciliate he/she in finding the creative solution?

“Environments for Creativity-a lab for making things“:
The projects presented in this paper are awesome.Relating to creativity education, there is so much exploration.This paper talks about the combination of both “idea” and “execute” capability in creativity education, raising my curiosity of direction in which future creative course will go. Creative education is trying to combine the power of engineer and designer together, however, who is more dominated in a creative project?

The creator’s pattern question:
Two conclusions have been summarized in

the article, one is the raid upon those

creators’childhood. The other is those

creators’ assupmtion and to attempt to

strike out on one’s own as much as

possible. However, whether those can be

concluded as a feature or characteristic

of the event of creativity shall be highly

doubted.Are those specific examples

representative enough to support common

feature in all those creative people?

Design protocol data and novel design

decisions
Author in this article has tried to devise

a method to measure people’s creativity,

which is a delicately designed. However, I

feel confused about the exactness of

result in this method.The  subjects’

background  are various(such as age,

experience influence etc.) and can have a

great influence on the test result.
There is also problem existing between

the measurement of creativity in design-

related field and maths/statics field. If

someone is doing innovation in maths. Is

drawing still the primary method to

faciliate he/she in finding the creative

solution?

Environments for Creativity-a lab for

making things
The projects presented in this paper are

awesome.Relating to creativity education,

there is so much exploration.This paper

talks about the combination of both “idea”

and “execute” capability in creativity

education, raising my curiosity of

direction in which future creative course

will go.

Cushion Seat~

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2010 by yiranlee

this is a design with Asian style featuring on low sitting posture~