Jules McDEEeeeeeeee

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Category: UI

Redesigning my content

So I met with Daniel following our mid-semester presentations. In a nutshell, I had nowhere near enough content for the app.

I had an idea that that might be the case with it. The thing is, is I know theres plenty of content out there for my app, but my concern was trying to get permissions for the content.

I had recently been in contact with Photo Permissions at the National Photographic Archives. They sent me back an application form that I would have to fill out with all the individual photos that I want to use, which would then be reviewed. The time that the application could take, along with the possibility of them rejecting it was making me anxious. However, following my meeting with Daniel, he gave me the go-ahead to get my hands on every photo I could and use them for the app. For the moment, its a matter of submitting this as my final year project. Thats as far as it can go for now. But he reassured me that if I wanted to further development my idea that I could worry about copyright issues then.

I was delighted with this information as I immediately saw the benefits of having a wide selection of photos in the app.

It was also suggested that some video and audio would greatly add to the user experience. So with that in mind, I got in touch with Lorcan Collins of the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour. He would be perfect for this.

Building this app is a new experience for me, and I feel I have come along way in terms of what I have learnt about the process. However, I’m still a rookie at the end of the day, so guidance like this, from my lecturers, is greatly valued and appreciated.

I’m gonna re-think how I can create this user experience. I want to bring the app to that level.

BELIEVE IN YOSELF!!!!

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The User Experience – Review of History Apps

The Rebellion Walking Tour that I went on last weekend really helped me in getting a look at things from the users perspective. To a certain extent I also became a user so I had to take note of the things that struck me most about the tour and about what questions I was eager to ask.

I did some more reading on the topic of interactive walking tours and how there are more and more apps being designed to try and recreate the experience of a walking tour. Below is a good article that I read on interactive walking tours and the experiences that can be created using our mobile smart devices.

http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2007/10/31/mobile-and-interactive-in-boston-on-the-run-with-untravel-and-urban-interactive/

“travel and entertainment content developed especially for mobile platforms”

“the devices’ ability to bring you information and applications that can vastly enrich your experience of the world outside your home or office.”

“forces you to look outward and learn about the world around you.”

““walking slide shows,” that combine audio and still images”

“full of nerdy but fascinating detail”

“electronic platforms can also enhance our experience and understanding of real outdoor environments full of hidden historical or architectural detail”

 

Gallery Slideshows for JQuery Mobile

So Ive researched a few plugins. I have one working prototype but Im having trouble displaying the thumbnails as a grid.

The working prototype’s plugin is from Photo Swipe

http://www.photoswipe.com/

But I’ve come across this plugin below that Im gonna give a go too. I’d prefer the gallery to not display as a grid of thumbnails. This plugin below displays them as one image across the screen with navigation controls, which is what I want.

http://www.pixedelic.com/plugins/camera/

I’ll report back……..

 

Reporting back……

So I got the Pixedelic plugin to work and it looks pretty cool…. but maybe a little tacky for me to be honest. The gallery plays through the photos with some ‘gross’ transitions. I might have a look at the code and see if I can remove some of these animations. I’m not really into them.

I’m gonna go on another search and see what other plugins I can find.

ROLL OUT DEM THEMES.

THEMEROLLER

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LITTLE BEAUTS.

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IM TWEEKIN’ N’ TWERKIN’

launch      map_page      gpo_content

 

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This is either the best thing ever, or the worst. I can’t decide.

http://designmodo.github.io/Flat-UI/

http://designmodo.com/flat/

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