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Thanks for the response! I'm afraid I don't have any documentation of the project, a hard early lesson about digital archiving I'm afraid! It's a shame as it was/is an important project for me. Maybe I'll write up a more detailed description of what is was, how it worked and why I did it. Like Oldton/An Artist's Impression, it was tied up in memories of the past initially, the promise of the New Towns and a half built estate we moved to when I was a child, which grew up around us. I'll look at the Home archive, thanks!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2010 on Under Construction at Transliteracy Research Group
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Hi Kate. Yes it is a bit odd, like people talking on hands free phones as they walk along and people who turn the Sat-Nav on to drive the same route to work each day! I do think that there is the potential for this kind of application to force a direct engagement with the physical environment. For the most part, I think we tend not to look at our environment, especially in day to day walking about, to work, to the shops etc. Adding stories to the places potentially makes us look up, look around, and reconsider the spaces we walk through every day. That's what I'm keen to find out I guess. I'm interested in the feeling you get when you visit a new place, and every building, object, shop and cafe is full of questions and ideas, and you can't help but create stories as you walk around. The Preston project is personally interesting for me, as it's the town I grew up in, so I'm finding myself reinterpreting streets and buildings I've walked down thousands of times. Next time I visit for testing, I'll take some screengrabs and post them up.
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Hi Christine I agree with you. That's what led me to McCloud and Understanding Comics in the first place I think. Here's an advert from The Sun newspaper which spoofs the iPhone, which illustrates your point!
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Hi Tia Thanks for the response. I agree that aesthetics affect our reading of sites, and I don't think you're in the minority! It's interesting that as people personalise their online experience more and more, through RSS feeds or iGoogle homepages for example, the designer is less in control of the visual aspects of their sites. I should have been more specific with the 'we', you're right! People do read online in different ways, but I do think that the web tends to lead us to 'skipping', whether through content or time. For example, if I read an article on any news site, before I even get to the article, I'm presented with links inviting me to sign in or register, look at this offer, go to this section and so on. The page is more than likely split into columns, one containing the article, the other containing more ads, related articles, most read stories links. Even the article will be filled with links, again inviting me to click on them. So while the 'we' (perhaps wrongly) assumes we all do that, I do think that it is a general tendency in online reading.
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