Thursday, August 18, 2011

Multimedia Age for Children.

There has been a huge transformation on how we learn, play and live due to emerge of these techologies. Are we relying totally in the new media age?

Education industries, specially for KS1 and KS2 education system is full of surprises. Phonics and multimodal tools education system are totally a new kick start on how childrens are learning.
These tool has oviously saved teachers task and made the marking system fair . Although, would it be fair to say; are the children really benifiting with these new media educating tools ?

The interactive tool contains: animation, sounds, interactive texts and many more muiltimdal facilities. Can the children possibly concentrate and achieve their goal in learning. How has the children with certain disabilites are coping with it? Has the education publishers and designers are looking into these issues?




Sunday, March 6, 2011

Email Design Practice -

Everyone must have came across a lot of email templates. Anyone who is familiar with HTML, XHTML and CSS. Ofcourse, designing a web template is more like designing web pages but a little trick should be applied.

Anyone familiar with XHTML needs to go back and start using HTML (old schooled). It is more like going back to the older version of HTML where designers and developers used a lot of TABLE. Whereas, XHTML uses positioning unlike : float, which might be a wrong idea for email template designs.

Although, the email template uses a lot of TABLE there is a risk of nesting which can create an issue with different browsers. Never mind !! be prepared to do lots and lots of cross browser testing. Anything that appears good might turn out be a big disaster in other browsers.
What a pain huh?? Don't worry it is not just you, even the web developers who has a practice of many years in web development can go wrong with the web template design. Be prepared to make a lot of mistake and learn. Grabbing a cup of tea or coffee might be a good idea.

Therefore, simplicity is the key issue. Keep the design to minimal and simple that reflects the content. Remember!! content is the king.

For more help go and visit: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/html-css-techniques/20-email-design-best-practices-and-resources-for-beginners/

Saturday, March 5, 2011

HCI - Human Centred Interface design -USABILITY & CHUNKING

Hmm.... It is interesting how HCI has shaken the design industries with certain obligations on what and how to perform the task by researching on how their users will perceive the design in world context usability.

Miller's argument towards chunking 7+_ rules for navigation was completely stuck inside my head. Somehow, it's hard to believe interpreanure internet companies like YAHOO and GOOLE has so many links. Does this mean Miller's argument was wrong ? or they are not doing their homework properly.

Thanks to my lecturer, who brought a guy from NU Creative the other day and where he mentioned according to his experience he is not applying those rules. He was in a same state of mind while he was a student.

It does not mean Millers argument on chunking was wrong. I believe he was right on a time when he wrote those books. At this stage 85% of the users these days are comfortable with the technology. Therefore, it does not really matter if there are many links or navigation in the website. What matters is the targeted audience. If the targeted audience are elderly people who has minimal experience of web and internet.

Therefore, careful considerations of chunking should be taken care on whom your product will be widely used by.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Why do we have a Lion logo on British eggs??



















I presume, most of us here start our day with scrambled, boiled and egg sandwiches. But what we tend to forget is: Why does the British egg company has a lion logo in their egg? It seems like the British egg company design and marketing team has forgot to do their home work.

It is after all an egg business, what are they trying to prove with a lion logo in each and every eggs. Hello!! a lion does not lay egg. It is not a lion business after all. Therefore, i think it is not a justice to hens who produces eggs for us. It is such a pitty that if hen could have had their unity and sued the british egg company they could have lost a lot of money. No offense to the British egg company. It is just my blog.

Considering, the above matter i have designed a logo for a british egg company bearing that in mind that " British eggs are produced and packed under the strict hygiene standards. There is no evidence to suggest that avain flu can be transmitted to human through consumption of eggs."

It is vaccinated against salmonia, healthy and an asset of british value with a crowned hen.

Logo again!!!



























Now logo logo and logo. What is logo? What does it stands for? Why do we need them? The answer for all these question in one word is "identity". Unlike, Darpan (myself) with chinky eyes and round face and who likes to design is my identity.

In a same way, every company needs to represent their existence with help of logo as a form of their identity. I had a brief that came out just 6 hours ago to design a logo for this chap who always got weird business ideas. Therefore, i just started working around with what he wanted. As i am myself, not a fit person who is working on this brief that what makes me laugh.

Olrite, here you go man.


Grapes and Bites














Here you go "Grapes and Bites". A brain storming idea that came out when i got a brief from my friend about her project. She wanted me to design a logo. It really was an interesting brief to look at. My attempt here was to illustrate a sexy lip biting grapes and highlight the subject matter with a colorful typography.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Book Cover!!!

































There are plenty of books in Ebay online book store which seriously needs a new face.
"The Art of Golf" is the another unhappy book which is begging to give it a new life.
I had this golf ball image from the photoshop class while i was in uni during my first year. I thought this image will be the perfect match for the following title. Probably, The text would benefit if it could have had the same colour as the metal.

I would give it a go with golden metal colour effect later when i got plenty of time.
It's highly time for me to get some rest. As my beds inviting me for a good night sleep.