Above is an image taken in LoveLove with a few of their members along with BlueFish Productions, My wonderful group in creating an application for LOVE LOVE FILMS!
To end the year we had a final project show and invited our clients and friends to see our work we have spent our time doing. This was a pleasant farewell to my group and also my fellow classmates. We started the evening by setting up some laptops and iPads to show off our application along with some promotional posters and videos. When we had set up our guests soon arrived and looked through the application we have made and also an opportunity to see what applications and websites my fellow classmates have made at the same time. This was a nice little get-together and a nice way to end the year.
Over the last 2 years, I have come so far and never thought I would be as far as I am now! I came to Bournemouth University having no idea how to code a web page let-alone design one and also make applications. I am proud of how far I have come and have made some amazing friends/coworkers in the progress. Below is a photograph of Bournemouth University’s Digital Media Design 2nd Years May 2016 My amazing class of wonderful goofballs 🙂
Since we came back from Easter, Me and my group Bluefish Productions placed together an application for Love Love Films to take to shows and schools to promote their company. We came up with an amazing idea of welcoming LoveLoveLife, An application to show you a day in the life of Love Love Films. This will be used to show future clients who LoveLove as a company work. The application has changed a bit from last time because LoveLove decided they wanted the designs to match a video they had made explaining the company. But in the given time my group was able to change this to LoveLoves standards and add in everything Love love wanted to include.
The application starts with a home screen where you are welcomed by snowy the dog who is the cute adorable office dog outside of the LoveLoveFilms office. Snowy then invites you into the office to look around. You then come to the start of the office and snowy asks you to look around and tap on certain objects in the room. Each object in the room relates to the office and are things that are found within the office itself!
Starting off in the hallway you are able to click onto the chalkboard and you are bale to see clients LoveLove have worked with and also the future goals of the company. Lastly, you have a video from Love Love explaining what they do as a company though a showreel. In this room, we also added details like their pinball machine.
Next, you have the sofa when clicked you are able to read about LoveLoves amazing placement scheme and also rewards they have won by clicking the bookshelf and lastly a placement video for a nice visual view on what they can do for students. Objects in this room such as the sofa itself and the bookshelf can be found in the office but we also added cute things like a photo of snowy on holiday to show that it’s not wall work and can be fun.
LoveLove wanted some of the members of staff and their job roles in the office. So for the next two tabs we added in the members graphics and also included decks and computers to show their workplace and also hints to being in Bournemouth by adding the Bournemouth balloon outside of the window and the cat they see randomly around the office. Lastly added a video about who Love Love are.
Lastly in the kitchen, we have the last 2 members and also some testimonials from the people who work at LoveLove. Here we match how the LoveLove kitchen looks like in the office.
To finish off we have snowy saying goodbye and a link that takes you from the app straight to the LoveLoveFilms Website so you can directly to the page from the application to finish.
The problems we faced…
The app wasn’t all straightforward as we hoped. We wanted a scroll view to start with but Love Love wanted a tab bar so clients could just skip to the page they want however we tried several different ways to do this and nothing worked, and we were on a time limit so we couldn’t afford wasting more time working this out so we went by what the client wanted and made it a tab bar that didn’t show the storytelling narrative as we wanted it to.
Working with a client was amazing but also raised issues. Going to weekly meetings they said they loved everything and wouldn’t change it but all of a sudden on more than one occasion close to the deadline we received emails says to completely change the ideas and design. This coursed a lot of stress for the group but made us stronger and worked together better knowing we needed this done.
Love Love wanted us to follow their design style but when looking at the assets we were given you can tell at least 3 different people have been working on this due to different styles and we could exactly match a style when there isn’t a consistent style to follow by. Also, this made out designs not as good and wasn’t happy to change out nice designs but we needed to make the client happy.
Also, data within the app became an issue because we needed to rely on the client to give us this data but seeing as they had other work to deal with and was quite busy it took time to receive data and input on the app and this made it quite difficult to work and know if what we was doing was correct.
The advantages of the app…
Working with a client was amazing as we were able to meet each week and show our work and get some input if what we have done is good or bad and also ideas to what else we can add to the app. Such things include telling us they liked that snowy narrated and also that the cat was outside the window as this is a mystery cat that randomly appears round the office. But also when we do things wrong, We did add a skyscraper in the window but LoveLove didn’t like it as they liked being in the suburbs coastal town and not in a city so then we added the Bournemouth balloon.
Working as a group was a good experience especially working on our experiences and being a key member of the group. This meant we could meet up and work on a project and also have others by our side to help us through things if we were to get stuck with anything. Also, I loved working with my group as we were all well driven and very hard working, Either when some of us got ill and unable to come in we still have people filling in for them and doing as much as they could to make this project succeed.
Also having a good team we finished early and made a bit of promotion to mark it
Improvements I wished for the app…
Overall I love the app we had made and wouldn’t change too much, I wished we lined up a few speech bubbles better which I corrected after the hand in on snowy speech bubbles, Also little things like having all of the content included and finished would have been good. But we did comment to code so Love Love can easily fit in the data they were unable to give us. Lastly, it was a real let down not being able to make it a scrollView as it was meant to show the story of how love Love Films work as a company and it would take you through this seamless image but adding a tab bar means it looks like it don’t match as don’t look as good but this can always be fixed in the future and just because it was handed in don’t mean we can’t change it and improve it.
Today and yesterday have been big coding days. Yesterday 2 members of the group looked into the code to make this application possible while the rest of us worked on the designs to place into the code. for the code, we have planned to make a scrolling app that allows the users to swipe from scene to scene. This is perfect and easy to do however LOVE LOVE want a tab bar so that the user can skip to the scene they desire without any of the fuss. This is perfectly easy as well, however, This problem is when you place both of these codes together they don’t seem to work and you are unable to have both using the code we have used. Looking at other apps we all have on our phones we can see the apps either have one or the other but none had both… This could be an issue and we might need to abandon one. However, we are on track and can have some time playing with code just to make sure it isn’t 100% impossible.
So today we had a class on doing application animations. This is a useful class as we will need to add some of these into the app later down the line. It was quite fun to learn how to make images enlarge and bounce on the page and same goes for the text. At the end of the lesson me and my group member, Chloe knew we could take this to the next step. We did our own experiments in making the animations more impressive. We ended up changing the text and background colours, adding back shadows and changing anything we could by using the new code we had learnt and applied the same rules so that they would work in the animations. This was a lot of fun, however, we did need to get back to creating our own code for the app.
Back to the LOVE LOVE CODE, we needed a new approach to this issue we had yesterday. After some time, we were able to work out a new way to code the app and have both the scroll view and the tab bar. This is amazing but it may be difficult to code, but we are planning to meet again tomorrow at 9am on Friday to have another day of coding and design to get lots of work done and hopefully get through this code and make it manageable. Also, we have mockup designs to throw into the code to have a rough look how it will turn out and when the code is all working we are able to show LOVE LOVE.
Lastly, we had a meeting with love love and was able to show are designs and discuss what we have done so far and what we are going to do next. This was a nice chat to have and they seem to like out designs we have so far so this is a good sign. We still need them to give us a finished script of that they want to be said on the app and also what content we should include for them. This isnt as important right so we dont need to worry just yet but hopefully we will receive these soon.
Today we have had a massive designing session to get on with the designing for each of the scenes we have had planned. We had some mockup draw up but now we had to put them idea into illustrator to get all the designs together and ready to use in the app or at least get some images drawn up so we are able to plan the code out and see how it looks even if we have to swap out the images near the end. So we thought to stick to a continuous scene so that everything matchs up and the continuity is the same throughout.
Seeing as im more of a photoshop person its was difficult to use illustrator as i haven’t used in it over a year and ive only used it for one project so far. Although it was very frustrating to start with as I kept doing photoshop commands that Illustrator don’t support and I forgot how it was done in illustrator. Not to worry as I soon remembered the actions I needed to take to complete the work at hand and it became really easy from then on out. Until it came to after effects, Another program I haven’t used in over a year. But as soon as I loaded in the image of snowy the dog it all came back to me and was relatively easy to do after that.
LOVE LOVE gave some assets from their own animation for us to use in the app. As you may see below the Elevator scene and the pinball machine are taken from LOVE LOVE to link back to their animation to show they are connected. With the designs we had chosen to follow the same design path as LOVE LOVE and go for flat design with no strokes Just like the animation. The app with scroll scene to scene visiting different areas of LOVE LOVE and being interactive along the way. Also we have little cute snowy in each scene and we thought it would be cute to dress him up depending on what is happing in the scene. You may see above a image of all of snows toys and hats we are able to place onto him. After this we knew we wanted to animate snowy to wag his tail and move so it make the user more interated with the appplication. This was when after effects came in and we was able to make snowy a .GIF and hopefully take this though into the application.
So far with have kept on script with the designs, however improvement to these design is always advancing to make the scene more interesting to look at. We added in each scene including all the bits that will in interactive for the user. We didn’t want any black space in any of the scenes so we have added small things relating to LOVE LOVE. Such things include the status they have in the office, Snowy’s bed with bone and bowl, skeleton at the laptop and other decorations throughout the scenes. These scenes are not yet finished as we are needing to add more to the kitchen scene and also we to make sure everything fits in perfectly and fits with the design.
Tomorrow we have a meeting with LOVE LOVE with hope to show them the designs we have brought together and hopefully, they will like what we have managed to do. However if they do have an issue with any of our designs or anything we have made they will be able to let us know and we can change it before the deadline. But overall we have lots to show them and we look forward to hearing their opinions tomorrow.