Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Life recently..... Graduation and Family News

So much to catch up on...

I got a first! Get in! I graduated from Leeds Met as a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Multimedia Technology.

I am getting bigger by the minute with Waterfall-Hallam #2 due in 5 weeks

and major sneaky...... my baby sister got married.... I didn't do the full suite of photography as I am larger than Jupiter and was also on catering duties, but I got a few corkers.  Until she has seen them I'll be keeping them private, as soon as she has picked her faves, I'll blog them!

Bride getting ready

Friday, 9 August 2013

Final Assignment - Group Project 2013

This is our final project and I worked with the most wonderful people, Famida, Rebecca and Judith.

The blog at finproductions.co.uk shows all the work that was created but I just wanted to post some of the highlights here to showcase my contributions.

We produced a web resource for an imaginary client Wedding Proposal.  This was a website created in Flash with advice, tutorials and supplier databases for the novice wedding planner, Brides and Grooms to be.

I had taken on the role of Production Manager, so was responsible for the planning and ensuring all aspects of the brief were covered and on schedule.  I wrote much of the body of the presentation and it's supporting material.  I also took on graphic design work, wedding photography including photo editing, video production/post production motion graphics, blogging and social networking.

Rebecca was our Web Developer, Famida Lead Graphic Designer and Judith Marketing Manager.  As we were a small team we took on other roles too helping produce all the research material and visible content for the site.

The site is no longer live due to hosting costs, something I may seek to address as I think it would be worth keeping up for the near future.

Here are some examples of the work I did.

Pitch Document for Wedding Proposal
Click for link to Pitch Document
Wedding Proposal Working Product Presentation Handout
Click for link to Working Product Presentation Handout

Wedding Proposal Final Presentation
Click for link to Final Presentation Handout and Video

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

Stationery Design

Advertisment Design

Advertisment Design

Advertisment Design

Wedding Photography

Initial design for the itunes profile

Wedding Photography

Producing the company blog/ production diary.  Customised with own designs and HTML/CSS

Stationery Design

Wedding Photography

Finding and shortlisting colour schemes for the corporate branding
Design the corporate branding for our production team

Created full suite for the corporate branding

Creating the motion graphics titles and straps in After Effects

Creating the handouts in InDesign

Initial designs for the appearance of the thumbnails in thw website/ app

Wedding Photography

Forecast and managed the project scheduke, taking details from the brief and setting manageable deadlines

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

Created icons for social network sites

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

Designed assets for itunes submission

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

I filmed and edited a video tutorial

Mock up of how app would look in mobile device

Wedding Photography

Research for Supplier Database

Mood Boards

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

I supplied full access to my wedding photography

For my research paper I chose to answer the question "Why Blog?"

Overall grades: Project evaluation - 77, Project Implementation - 72, Project Research and Plan - 75

Why Blog? - My research report

As part of our final assignment we were required to research an area that would benefit our group project.  The project was creating an online wedding planning tool for Brides and Grooms to be, for a pretend client "Wedding Proposal".

As an avid user of the social networks, as a tweeter, reader, photography fan, blogger I decided to see if blogging and the social media platforms were really worth all the hype.

Of course as a user I enjoy them, it is part hobby, part entertainment, part showing off, but would blogging actually benefit a company?  Would the time, money and effort invested in creating and managing a blog actually return any profit or other business reward? If so, what tools/software/tricks might our 'client', a small wedding planning business use?

I would also use this research to help create and run the production team's blog, the client's blog, and the social media platforms twitter, facebook, youtube, vimeo, Pinterest, Tumblr

There is a video here showing the social medias and blogs, it's just a screen recording in the event we had to present offline, once a Brownie, always prepared!

This is currently in PDF or IINDD format for I'll post it here as images for now, but will get everything posted as a blog post in the near future (after baby comes probably!)

The appendices, of which there are many, feature all original sources and subsequent findings, can be found on the appendices post.

Before I sign off I have to say a massive thank you to everyone who ever shares anything on the web. All my research was in posts, articles, comments, tweets and responses from bloggers and online users on this fabulous world wide web.

In particular there are those who I have been able to directly quote or take great advice from.  All these people are mentioned in the references, bibliography and photo credits section.  Big number one thanks has to be to Kat Williams of RocknRollBride who not only helped with inspiration for my own wedding, the direction my own photography has taken me but also for introducing me to the work of Emma CaseEliza Claire, Assassaynation, Red Gallery, Juliane BerryLisa Jane, and David McNeil to name but a few.

Images: Lisa Jane Photography and David McNeil Photography

Image from Emma Case Photography Blog

Image: Red Gallery Photography

Mark awarded: 75