As part of my final year project I’m making a blog purely for the topic of “Designing for Dyslexia”. You can follow my 4th year work over there.
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It’s now the start of the 3rd week of 4th year here in Dundee. It’s really felt like we’ve had to hit the ground running as we start our honors projects, these are the project that should define what it is we want to do and determine where our interests lay.
Having had just come back from summer with no ideas, I quickly had to find some sort of interest. For some reason I had though over summer that something would come to me or that I would be inspired, wrong I was and now I’m paying for it. But saying that, I’m happy with the topic that was my proposal for my dissertation – Dyslexia, usability of products and diagnosing.
Things to bring along:
Monday 19th – A journalistic article and a portrait of a role model
A role model –
Tuesday 20th – A Haiku
Monday 26th – “Photographs of people and context. Inspiring observations or quotations.”
I’ve been trying to get in contact with people experts that I can gain insights from, but talking to Andrew Cook, One of the guys doing the course, the way we should be going about it is by talking to people that are more impartial and that work with suffers from a day to day basis. But talking to Anne Gosling of the learning disability I was able to get some issues and maybe even some valuable insights.” Young school children suffering from Dyslexia aren’t being diagnosed early enough.”
I decided to print out some pictures of products that are used in school or that in some way related to learning. I decided to include something that has been growing on me, the Amazon Kindle. It not classed as an aid as far as I know but having used it, it has some really good features that allow the user to chance the font and lines of the text at the same time as using ink technology so it’s more like text on paper. I’m a fan of this sort of tech, There’s nothing worse than having to read a few chapters on a computer display, even the iPad with it’s high resolution doesn’t compare to to reading on a Kindle and it also doesn’t leave you with a headache.
[You’ll only understand what’s going on in the design if you have been following their videos on youtube]
I’ve been following FyreUK on youtube since it started, and last month they start a competition for a t-shirt design that would go on sell in their online store. I decided I would look at it from the view of a brief and at the same time get some practice using Cinema 4D. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out and I liked how Cinema 4D allowed me to position the Minecraft characters into any position and adjust the lighting as if it were a real photography studio.
Wednesday the 8th of August was the results night and I was really happy to hear that I had came Runner up after the two main winners. I still got my t-shirt design in the online store and I am now able to access their restricted Minecraft server. It’s really nice to be able to access the server, and I know from their youtube channel that they have a large following of people that would just love to be in my place. I was extremely chuffed to hear that my design was the best selling one too and the first to be sold. You can visit the online store and have a look. Here is also the video of the results.
Know what Minecraft is?
Well Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. It’s created a base for hundreds of thousands of creative people to create some amazing things. The best part is that everyone can work together as a community and create some amazing things and share ideas.
FyreUK is a server that consists of a select bunch of people. There are servers out there that are open to everyone, but with FyreUK, you can only actually get onto the server if you win the privilege or it used to be that if you donated enough money (say £10) to help support the server and website, then you would be allowed on.
FyreUK have their own youtube channel, where you can see all their timelapses and tours of their world creations. With lots of amazing buildings and sculpture, sometimes its easy to forget that everything is just made up of basic cubes and how much work actually goes into building something on this scale. I really like the fact that they have videos of the whole build and also a live streams every second saturday. It help you predicate the creativity, effort, teamwork and commitment of everyone involved.
Since the beginning of summer I’ve been wanting to try out some new software to see if it would make things easier in fourth year and I guess increase the overall quality of work. I needed something that would allow me to produce near photo realistic representations of ideas and concepts, so that I can get my ideas/thoughts across.
I came across a Cinema 4D (C4D) showreel on youtube one day and that started a obsession with stalking youtube looking for more. Eventually I came across tutorials of how to use the software and to be honest, it looked so much easier and more instinctive to use than other programs I’ve used like SolidWorks. Having watched the video, if left me wanting more and eventually I got my hands on the program and got some great additional stuff from Greyscalegorilla.
Since then I’ve racked up a few hours using it and watching more videos on youtube. I try to introduce myself to a new feature every week. C4D allows you to create animation, dynamic object that obey physics, realistic looking hair, complex shapes, realistic environment reflections and I’ve been busy trying to become familiar with as much of it as possible. I managed to find blueprints for the iPhone 4 and from them I’ve created a model which you can see below. In some of the pictures you can see the basic layout of the windows in the program. I’m still getting used to lighting and texturing my projects but with the help of Greyscalegorilla and his ‘Light Kit Pro’ I hope to make some as realistic as possible CG representations for future projects.