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Embedded below is my reaction towards the TED video featuring the famous sculptor, Janet Echelman.

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Janet Echelman on TED

Janet Echelman project.

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References

http://www.designboom.com/art/janet-echelman-interview/

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/janet-echelman-taking-imagination-seriously

Image Sources

http://www.i-ref.de/2012/12/11/janet-echelman-eine-lichtskulptur-aus-erdbebendaten/

http://blog.ted.com/2011/03/04/ted2011-report-%E2%80%93-session-9-threads-of-discovery/

http://blog.artflakes.com/2011/10/05/net-sculptures-by-janet-echelman/

http://blog.psicotelias.com/?page=2

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Goldilocks

Goldilocks is a part of a web series that is shot entirely using an iPhone 4 and iPod touch. I’ve watched it over a few times and I still don’t quite understand the plot of the video. Besides that, when watching the video, I noticed that some of the shots were filmed using a fish-eye lens. I didn’t like the idea of using a fish-eye lens mainly because I think that it makes the shots look amateur and the goofiness of the fish-eye effect made it lose its credibility and its seriousness. It just didn’t fit the tone of the video. Also, I thought the lighting and the resolution could have been better, but taking the fact that everything was shot using an iPhone or iPod touch into consideration, I thought they did a pretty good job. Subsequently, the footage had been shot extremely well, in terms of the steadiness of the shots, the framing, the camera composition as well as the camera angles. I thought they were clever with their use of ‘leading lines’ to help direct the audiences’ focus to the subject. In addition to that, I was impressed by the various camera angles used in the video. Take for instance the motorbike scene and the scene taken from under a wine glass. Finally, I like the concept of communicating through the lens of an iPhone, or any phone for that matter, and thus I do believe that this is a notable advancement for storytelling.

Sound of my voice

Sound of my voice is a movie trailer about a woman who came from the future. There were interactive pop ups throughout the trailer. These pop ups encouraged discussions about random objects or words mentioned by the characters as well as allowed viewers to educate themselves regarding the topics mentioned by directing them to specific web pages. Besides that, I thought that the right choice of music, accompanied by the clever use of mise-en-scene helped build the suspense really well. Despite all of that, I did feel that the structure of the movie trailer was very misleading as it featured scenes that potentially communicated themes like kidnapping, suicide, illness, religion and human sacrifice. Criticism apart, I thought it had an intriguing storyline and I would definitely catch the full movie when it’s out. Last but not least, I think that this is a significant development for storytelling. It always has been and always will be.

Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open” Lyric Video

I was casually browsing through YouTube when I stumbled upon this lyric video. I thought the wordings and animation were really fun to watch and I liked how they were constantly in sync with the music. The only criticism I have would probably be that the images and/or writings were a little hard on the eyes every now and then. To illustrate my point, the illustrations were moving and changing a bit too fast and that the designs of the drawings or writings were a little too complicated and colourful. But all in all I really admire all the hard work and effort put into the piece. I trust that this is a significant development for storytelling, simply because I think it’s a compelling and innovative way to communicate.

I’ve created a infographic of my strengths and weaknesses based on the feedback I’ve gotten through the marking sheet. This infographic was constructed using Piktochart, a infographic app and a presenter tool. The infographic I’ve created is featured below.

My Infographic

I think file sharing is undeniable useful especially when it comes to studies. Students could easily share documents with one another on Google Drive and work at them simultaneously from the comfort of their own homes, rather than having to stay back to discuss or work on assignments and risk getting caught in traffic on the way home. Having used Google Docs for a number of assignments, I think it’s safe to say that the feature I like most about it is how it saves your work automatically as you go. My computer tends to go bonkers pretty often and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost my work because I forgot to hit save. I believe I’m not the only one out there who does this so thank god for autosave!

Anyway, I’ve made some changes to the Student Charter document on Google Drive. Listed below are my edits.

  1. Since #3 and #14 were practically the same, I replaced #14 with another student responsibility, which I then bolded and highlighted in red
  2. I changed the font from Times New Roman to Arial, the font size from 12 to 11 and the font colour to black (excluding the edited and highlighted text mentioned above)
  3. I underlined the heading titled “Student responsibilities”
  4. I rephrased #12 as I thought it was grammatically inaccurate
  5. I applied 1.15 line spacing to the entire document

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After Edit

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QR codes have made a big impact on society. Advertisers use them to advertise products, shopping outlets use them as a shortcut to their website or catalogues and there are even restaurants, specifically in Korea, that utilizes QR codes to not only display their menu but also allow customers to view and pay their bill. QR codes are simple to use and they can pretty much help link or direct viewers to anything existent on the World Wide Web.

I’ve generated a QR code for myself using a QR stuff and the code I’ve created tells a tale.

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In this time and age, almost everyone owns a smartphone. Smartphones have become such a big part of our lives, in fact they have become our lives and as a result, we’ve learnt that we cannot live without it. You can download apps onto your smartphone and these apps exist to make your life easier. Smartphones apps are what helps us organize our agendas, do our shopping, pay our bills, email, stay connected to friends and family via social networking sites, etc. You can typically do everything on a smartphone. However, smartphones are a great distraction and they can get quite overwhelming. To illustrate my point, kids nowadays would rather stay indoors and play video games or sit in front of a computer all day than have a fun day at the beach.

Like majority of the population, I too own a smartphone and I’ve decided to get one for reasons mentioned above. Below are the pros and cons of some of my most used apps.

Facebook

Instead of having to go onto a web browser to get on Facebook, there is a Facebook app up for download on the app store. I like to know what’s happening with my friends and family all the time and the app definitely makes it easier to keep track with the lastest happenings. The layout of the app is simple and user friendly, the content loads reasonably fast and unlike the desktop site, the mobile app displays the last time someone came on Facebook messenger. Despite the pros, I feel that it’s a bit too basic. Some features or functions are disabled or unavailable on the mobile site and that can be quite irritating

Whatsapp

Whatsapp makes keeping in touch easy. I use whatsapp to communicate with friends and family all over the world rather then spending a chunk of money on international phone calls and text messages. Next, I like how whatsapp allows its users to create groups. That makes communication much faster and easier. Besides that, I like how I could easily send photos, videos and voice messages rather than having to inconveniently send it through email. A couple of things I don’t quite fancy about the app is how it messages sometimes don’t get sent or received and also the fact that it could take a while to start up, if it starts up at all

Kaching

This app allows me to do my banking – money transferring, bills, account management, etc – on my smartphone. It’s convenient, safe and more importantly it save me a trip to the bank. The con about this app is that it crashes a little too often

TramTracker

Travelling by tram can be quite unreliable and as a result, you can easily miss or be extremely early for one. This app provides real time information about trams so it’s useful when planning trips to and fro. It also allows you to track your location while you’re on the tram. Even though the app is a lot better compared to the printed version of the schedule, it still has a way to go as it can still be inaccurate from time to time

Conclusively, smartphone apps have their pros and cons. I feel people nowadays, myself included, are too reliant on smartphone apps and this could pose as a problem. If we rely too much on apps to do our work for us, we won’t know how to do things for ourselves if they suddenly ceased to exist. They are great tools but only to a certain extent.

References

http://www.harmony.co.uk/articles/mobile-website-or-mobile-app/