Reflecting on digital project

This blog will expose a reflection of my digital project, Navigating India which is a text based interactive game. Eva came up with the idea and Aaron focused on creating the game. I really happy to work with my group members. Actually, I am new to the social media. From I do not know how to use Facebook to I create a Facebook page for our digital project. I have learnt a lot from the process of producing the project.  This was our first time to make a real project and put it on website and promoted it.

At the beginning, we were required to do some researches about India. I am not good at history as well as geography. I know nothing about India. After two weeks, we realized that what we researched is useless and the content is too big. In other words, we had not decided which group of people will be our audience. We wanted young people who interested in India or tourists who have a plan to visit India to play our game that they can get a brief introduction of India. So we decided that each of us chose a city to focused on. Producing the project is very hard. We made up the stories that referred to many different comments from the traveler website. I focused on the Mumbai. I used google map and did a lot of researches to create a travelling route.

We were in different tutorials so we only met once a week. Gmail and Whatsapp really helped us to deliver important information and ideas. But the my draft story doc with pictures that I send to Aaron was invalid which is really annoying.  Except my own part of story making, I created a Facebook page, a Sina Weibo page and a visual site promotion. It is not too hard to create it. Thanks to Eva’s innovative ideas and Aaron’s skillful creation that allowed our digital project ran successful.

Project Link:  http://s3480434.wix.com/navigating-india

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Enchanted Ground 3: locative media

A little sweet story happened to us.

I still remember that day, I was walking on the way home. I received a text message from my boyfriend.

He asked ‘Where r u?!’

I replied immediately ‘ On the way home!’ I stopped and sit under a tree.  I don’t know why he asked me so rude with no gracious word. You know, gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. I felt upset and send another message, ‘ What’s up?!’

‘I can’t cook.’ he said, ‘hungry, hurry.’

I found it both funny and annoying. I want to pretend I am very angry, ‘I am not a cooking machine.’

Well, it works. He said, ‘I mean I miss you…’ I was complacent at that moment.

As I was about to sent him a message, he send me another, ‘and your cooking skill.’

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Doubting castle 2: flipped lecture

A little sweet story about onion which I spent a lot of time in digital drawing.

Well, for my digital project. I would like to use photography instead of any digital drawing. Digital drawing can be created in Adobe illustrator CC which is a great software that be used to create animation. Dey taught me how to use the Adobe Illustrator CC. Meanwhile, I used the Wacom frequently this semester for my another course. I draw a lot of pictures by using Adobe Photoshop CC. I used the Illustrator to create the house shape and the windows and save as psd format and then import to Photoshop and created the other layers, such as the sky. I am going to make an animation footage that sky move slowly and the lights turn off one by one. However, I am not going to use drawing to create my digital story. Maybe can add some drawing into my promotion of digital story so as to attract audience.111

Doubting castle 4: practice-led research

Up till now, I think the biggest issue for our digital story is the promotion of our project. We set the goal and write down the media strategy but the result is unpredictable.  My purpose is making the story popular and getting more feedback. Once we have done a project, we should identify our target market. I have racked my brain trying to figure how to promote it.

Except Twitter and Facebook page, I expand our market into China, such as Sina Weibo which is the famous apps in China, same as to Facebook that can share your favorites and using hash tag.  After researching how to promote my digital story. I tried to make a promotion webpage that can shared on Facebook and Twitter which is not just a link. The webpage combined a great deal of information and attractive images. I think we can print it out and put on the information board.

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The link connect to the promotion: http://s3480434.wix.com/navigating-india

See how to market your project online:

http://www.koozai.com/blog/analytics/landing-page-optimisation-search-marketing/15-ways-to-sell-or-promote-your-products-online/

Doubting castle 2: flipped lecture

When drawing digitally, your first choice is bitmap (raster) or vector? Vector drawing is clean, precise, and it can look somewhat inhuman (although clever artists can overcome this). Some simple examples. That’s because it is the result of algorithms working out how to join two points together. Bitmap drawing tools replicate the pressure of your mouse, stylus or finger by translating that pressure into a series of tiny dots (pixels). The result can be much more like a hand-drawing – but it can also seem very crude in the hands of an unskilled user. Digital photographs are, ultimately, bitmaps.

Well, for my digital project. I would like to use photography instead of any digital drawing. Digital drawing can be created in Adobe illustrator CC which is a great software that be used to create animation. Dey taught me how to use the Adobe Illustrator CC. Meanwhile, I used the Wacom frequently this semester for my another course. I draw a lot of pictures by using Adobe Photoshop CC. I used the Illustrator to create the house shape and the windows and save as psd format and then import to Photoshop and created the other layers, such as the sky. I am going to make an animation footage that sky move slowly and the lights turn off one by one. However, I am not going to use drawing to create my digital story. Maybe can add some drawing into my promotion of digital story so as to attract audience.111

Enchanted Ground 2: SEO

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SEO stands for search engine optimization. That much has stayed the same. It refers to techniques that help your website rank higher in organic search results, making your website more visible to people who are looking for your brand, product, or service via search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. (Wikipedia)

1. Use WordPress and a premium theme like SEO plugin.

2. Target the right keywords.  Google’s  Keyword Tool can identify high search volume which can help you a lot.

3. Include keywords in your Page Title and Page URL.

4. Include keywords in your subheads for your posts throughout your site

5. Place keywords in the “alt” tags of your images.

6. Try to include your primary keyword in the first paragraph of your page content.

7. Link appropriate keywords to other articles that expound on that keyword on your site.

After reading the  article ‘7 SEO Principles Bloggers Must Remember’ written by Tony Ahn (2015), he believes that the keywords is very important to make your website rank higher in organic search results.  The title tag is the most important thing in telling search engines what my project is about. To change my title tags, I have installed the SEO plugin. Once I installed, I log into my WordPress and go directly to WordPress admin and Settings All in SEO Pack. I think I would like to make my other site rank higher.

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Reference:

Tony Ahn, 2015, ‘7 SEO Principles Bloggers Must Remember’, viewed at 5 June 2015,<http://www.convinceandconvert.com/digital-marketing/7-seo-principles-bloggers-must-remember/>.

Bridge – less river 2: website data

When I open my  Word Press blog, the recent statistics has been shown directly. Knowing what exactly happened this day and how many people visit my blog.  Obviously, WordPress is a good way to get some information from your peer. I really like to read my classmates articles that I followed because we are doing the same tasks. For example, for the Bridge – less river 2: website data, I can get some view points from Ailee’s blog and Stacey’s blog. I can leave comments if I want. What I found from the statistic is that views always more than visitors which means I have no traffic. In the last couple of weeks, there has been 2 visitors to my blog. The visitors who visit my blog surely are my tutor who marks our assignments. SO, how can I be ‘famous’?22

I think it is would be the same to the media strategy for our digital story. I followed some blogs which are recommended by  the site. Why they are famous? Their feedbacks are over hundred. Their websites are very specific. By which I mean, they are focusing on one thing they interested in. Such as health, photography, travel, etc. They had already know who is their audience.

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A domain name and visual design are the tricky way to get more hits.  I had created a logo to improve my personal brand. D the initial letter of my website name Derawings. Getting a connection between other platforms is important. So the widgets seem useful to help users search my blogs and to connect to other forms of social media, such as Linkedin and Facebook.

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Reference:

Aliee Ma, 2015, ‘Website data how to increase your page views and get more blog traffic’, viewed at 3 July 2015. <https://aileego.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/website-data-how-to-increase-your-page-views-and-get-more-bolg-traffic/>.

Stacey Ma, 2015, ‘bridge less river 2 website data’, viewed at 3 July 2015.<https://staceymxl.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/bridge-less-river-2-website-data/>.

Doubting castle 3: flipped lecture – Basic audio editing

Audio plays an important role in the broadcast. In addition, adding sounds into a film can create an impression of reality to audiences. A film editor, Walter Murch, who is also a sound designer, remarks ‘the most successful sounds seems not only to alter what the audience sees but to go further and trigger a kind of conceptual resonance between image and sound: the sound makes us see the image differently, and this new images makes us hear the sound differently, which in turns makes us see something else in the image, which makes us hear different things in the sound, and so on’ (Graeme 2009).

Combining Sound and Image together may create a new horizon as well as a different meaning. In my opinion, a successful movie should have its own background music which is just fitting with to express a certain atmosphere or a spirit. Take the Pirates of the Caribbean 3 for example, when I heard the background music Drink up me Hearties, I found that it is quite difficult to describe the state of my mind, but whatever it is, it helped me to focus on the scene and elicited my feelings. Moreover, the song brought me into the film and made me feel the aggressive,  powerful and strong enthusiasm to win.

Getting best sounds as you can when you are shooting is the basic requirement which can help you reduce some audio problems when you are editing. But if you really get some problem with the audio, problems can be solved by using Audacity.audacity-imported-track

Audacity is a free, open source, cross- platform software for recording and editing sounds. It can be used for all types of audio. For media student, it is really a good source to make a beautiful sound while edit a project.

These steps will introduce the basic steps commonly used when editing the contents of an audio file.
  1. Step 1: Find a file to edit.
  2. Step 2: Import the file into Audacity.
  3. Step 3: Look at the waveform.
  4. Step 4: Listen to the imported audio.
  5. Step 5: Create a 10-second clip from your audio.
  6. Step 6: Fade out the last second.

We will not to use Audacity for sound track editing with our digital story because we will not to consider adding any sound into the digital stroy. We are doing the text-based interactive game with image. The only sound we can add into the digital story is back ground music I suppose. But I’d like to learn more about audio editing which will be used in the future.


Reference:

Raghvendra Bhattacharya, 2012, ‘Audancity Tutorial – Beginner’, viewed at 3 July 2015 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqrnCFLSWkU>.

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