MLIM Student

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Partial work of the assignment

I am working the Flash object according to the prototype I posted before. Some buttons are still not working, e.g. quit button and URL linkage. I haven't decide whether adding something more to the object or not. I am still working on the idea revision now. Please tell me how to improve my work. Thanks a lot.
Thanks Chris, please click here for the original size object.
Besides, I encountered a problem here. The above Flash object is done by macromedia Flash 8 Professional. I found that my object is only work when Flash Player 9 is available. In the mean time, if you see the movie is not working, please upgrade your flash player to version 9.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Prototype vs. Finished Product

Again, the steps are blurred in the production process of application. As I mentioned before, we are quite difficult to separate the storyboard stage and prototype stage, especially for the person who are doing the production.

Prototype is a form of the finished work. It may be in different format or partial completed. For small production, if all these steps are doing by the same person (or same group of persons), it is easy to skip one to two because it seems to perform similar things and sometimes the prototype is already the finished work. (I think that’s why I only found few prototypes in classmate’s blogs!)

Again, technologies provide efficiency for the production work but also provide the confusion of the production process. As we know, the whole production process is the guidance of planning, so that the work will complete under in-depth thinking and consideration, and transfer information accurately. So I think we should ignore the technical issue during the planning process until we go into producing the final product.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Prototype - where to find the item you want?

During the production of prototype, I found something wrong in the layout of the storyboard, so I changed a little bit here. Please comments. Thanks.

(p.s. I am not quite sure that this is a prototype or not, But I want to include these functions in the final product.)

Storyboard vs. Prototype

Both storyboard and prototype are highly used for designing task, such as movie, advertising, software and web design. However, some technical design like software or web design intended to treat storyboard that less important than prototype, and occasionally to skip the stage of storyboard in the design and planning process.

We totally agree that both of them are very important stages in the planning process, and help communicate with all the stakeholders. the production team tends to use prototype instead of storyboard, because prototype is more easily to stimulate the real product than the storyboard to express the idea to everybody. Since the technologies help people to create small prototypes and then the small prototypes may directly extend to be the real product, the production persons feel it is more efficient.

Technologies blurred the steps of planning process, and made us confused when doing designing work.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Storyboard of Assignment

This is very preliminary. I am not quite sure that it is sufficient to express what will be in my assignment.