SIM1 - Interactive Media 1
BSBINN502A.1 - Build and Sustain and Innovative Work Environment (part 1)
CUFDIG506A.1 - Design Interaction (part 1)

ADVANCED DIPLOMA of SCREEN AND MEDIA (CUF60107)

Teacher Name - lisa.cianci@vu.edu.au
Class Website - http://lisacianci.vucreativeindustries.com/2011/SIM1

Assessment Task - Brief 1 - Video Presentation in Flash (solo project)

Deadline: Week 8 - April 4, 2011

  • Design document (to be approved before continuing with the project): Week 4
  • Flash prototype ready for user testing: Week 7
  • Flash prototype completed: Week 8
  • User testing report: Week 8


40% of total mark for the subject.

Assessment Grades

HD: High Distinction 80-100, D: Distinction 70-79,  C: Credit 60-69, P: Pass 50-59, NC: Not Yet Competent

In order to achieve a HD for this brief you need to:

  • Meet all the requirements of the brief
  • Creatively explore ideas and outcomes
  • Have solid justification and reference for design choices
  • No typos or grammatical errors and consistent formatting in any written material
  • Show comprehensive documentation of planning and production
  • Demonstrate good time management skills

 

1. Project Description

The idea behind this assessment task is to get you incorporating the basic video and animation skills you are learning along with designing an interface that is intuitive and easy to use. A large stumbling block we as media creators and designers face is creating an interface which is easy to understand and pick up by people from many different backgrounds and skill levels. If you think about it, most objects you use today include some sort of interface. Selecting a game to play on your PS3, poking someone on Facebook and even changing the TV channel all require in one form or another a user to interface with it to achieve a goal. Your job is to make that interaction seamless, the less your user needs to think about it the easier it is for them to continue using it and continue using that product.

This brief has a strong research and design aspect to it in the form of a design document and it's important you understand why. You will need to generate, ideas, research, create wire-frames and storyboards of your ideas and then turn these into a real product! These skills can be used in all areas of screen and media production and is something you will need to do frequently in the digital media industry.

You will create a video presentation interface in Flash for a minimum of 3 pieces of video content. You will not only design the interface, but also use the basic Flash skills you are taught in your classes to create a functional product

 

2. Requirements

Flash Video Presentation.
You are required to create an interactive in Flash that contains 3 pieces of video on different screens that can be navigated via buttons or clickable elements on the screen. The video content must have playback controls that can either be custom made, or use components that come with Flash (we will cover this in class). You must also have an introduction screen and a credits/information screen - so a total of 5 screens within the one flash file that can be easily navigated.

The content of your Flash Video presentation can be anything that is relevant to you - your personal style and what's important to you creatively and artistically as a creator of screen media content. You can use video content that you are producing in other classes such as SVS1, or you may have other content you would prefer to use. The Important thing to note is that the video content must be your own, not something you have downloaded from the web - remember, copyright and plagiarism is taken very seriously at VU so we expect you to use your own work.

the navigation design for this project should be consistent and follow an aesthetic of your own design. try to make it interesting, yet intuitive.


Design Document Specifications

Your document must look neat, professional and easy to follow. You will be provided an example document to base your design document on. You need to treat any document as if a client would view it.

Your document must cover the following topics:

1. Delivery Platform and its potential

    Research and discuss Flash as a platform for publishing. Discuss the positive and negative aspects as well as the varied array of end products it can make
    Minimum 2 detailed paragraphs.

2. Audience and user characteristics

    Discuss in detail your target audience, who you intend to be using this interface, discuss their characteristics - what gender, age bracket, nationality, computer skill level, interests etc. Minimum 2 paragraphs.

3. Ideas for interface

    Research at least 4 Flash interfaces using video content and discuss in detail how these look and work, and the positive and negative aspects of each.
    Provide screen shots and 2 detailed paragraphs for each example.

    Discuss in detail your ideas for your interface. What's your video content about? What's your inspiration, what design choices are you going to use to make yours highly accessible yet still keep in with the theme of your video content? How are you going to make yours awesome?

4. Wire frames

    Develop a wire frame for each state digitally, not hand drawn and briefly discuss each wire frame. Create wire frames for:

    1. normal/home/default interface screen
    2. screen for video content object 1
    3. screen for video content object 2
    4. screen for video content object 3
    5. credits / information screen

* To submit your design document: your design document must be submitted in electronic format as either a PDF or Word Document.

User testing report. After you have submitted your final product it will be subject to user testing. You must take this user feedback on board and write up a user testing report in which you re-evaluate how successful your project was and what changes you would make based on the findings.

This report must detail any additional requirements or modifications that you feel need to be made. Your report must be submitted in hard copy and as either a PDF or Word Document. Minimum 2 paragraphs detailing any changes and justifying your thoughts.

You prototype must be in a useable form by week 6 for user testing - it does not need to be finished by week 6.

 

3. Specifications

  1. Flash file specifications

    1. Size: 1024 x 768 pixels.
    2. ActionScript: must be using an AS3 flash file.
    3. A working finished SWF must be submitted which includes a normal/home/default interface navigating to: a view to a warp drive indicator; plasma charge indicator; subspace sensor; and transponder interface.
    4. All areas should be accessible from the main interface, and users should always be able to access or go back to he main interface in 1 click.
    5. Submit: SWF will be submitted, centred in a HTML page, using SWFObject.

 

References

see the flash resources page for examples of online content that may help you with this assessment task.

 

4. Assessment Rubric

Task Advanced Competent Not Yet Competent Elements
Delivery Platform and its potential You have discussed in great detail using Flash as a publishing platform. You have discussed over 4 positive and negative aspects it has as a platform and covered in detail the varied end products it can be used for.

You have briefly discussed using flash as a publishing platform. You have discussed at least positive and negative aspects it has as a platform and the varied end products it can be used for. More detail in your discussion and research is required.
You have not satisfactory researched and discussed in enough detail using flash as a publishing platform and its potential. you have not addressed specifications listed in the brief for this section.

BSBINN502A.1 Build and Sustain an Innovative Work Environment

1. lead innovation by example
2. establish work practices that support innovation
3. promote innovation
4. create a physical environment which supports innovation
5. provide learning opportunities

CUFDIG506A.1 Design Interaction

1. identify project requirements
2. generate ideas for interaction
3. draft interaction design specifications
4. finalise interaction designs

Audience and user characteristics You have clearly identified your target audience and discussed their user characteristics. You have used examples to justify your conclusion of your user characteristics. You have briefly identified your target audience and discussed their user characteristics. You have used examples to justify your conclusion of your user characteristics. More detail is required to clearly explain your target audience. Your audience and user characteristics are lacking in detail and relevance. You have not sufficiently addressed all the specifications listed in this brief for this section.
Ideas for interface

You have researched over 4 interfaces, included a screen shot of each and discussed clearly in detail how these look and work as well as the positive and negative aspects of each.

You have discussed with great enthusiasm and detail the ideas you have for your interface. You have clearly expressed your inspiration, what your design choices will be and how this is in keeping with your brief. It's very clear what your idea is.

You have researched at least 4 interfaces, included a screen shot of each and discussed clearly in detail how these look and work as well as the positive and negative aspects of each.

You have briefly discussed ideas you have for your interface but more detail is required. You have expressed your inspiration, what your design choices will be and how this is in keeping with your brief but again. more detail is required. You have given a good indication of your design idea but more detail in your descriptions would make it clearer.

You have researched at least 4 interfaces, included a screen shot of each and discussed clearly in detail how these look and work as well as the positive and negative aspects of each.You have not sufficiently expressed your idea for your brief. You have not discussed in a clear and detailed manner your inspiration, design choices and relevance to the brief.
Wire frames You have developed at least 5 wire frames ( 1 for each state ) which are well drawn, easy to understand, with items clearly labeled, and have briefly described each state in a well thought out manner. You have developed at least 5 wire frames ( 1 for each state ) which while being good, could have been drawn, labeled or discussed more clearly which would make them easier to understand. You have not sufficiently developed of explained your wire frames. They are too basic, pixilated, difficult to follow and of a poor standard.
User testing report You have taken your user feedback on board and re-evaluated how successful your project was and what changes you would make based on the findings. You have clearly detailed any additional requirements or modifications that you feel need to make. Your report is well written and detailed and uses examples to help justify your responses. You have taken your user feedback on board and re-evaluated how successful your project was and what changes you would make based on the findings. You have detailed any additional requirements or modifications that you feel need to make. Your report is good but lacks in detail. Further explanation would help clarify your conclusion. Your report does not sufficiently explain or discuss your findings from the user testing or and changes you would make as a result of those findings. It lacks detail, relevance and effort.
Bug Free Work thoroughly tested and completely bug free. Satisfactory testing and minor bugs detected are corrected. Little or no testing performed. Fatal bugs discovered and not corrected.

5. Production deadlines
It is important that you bring all materials and development work with you to all classes.
Deadline: Week 8 - April 4, 2011

  • Design document (to be approved before continuing with the project): Week 4
  • Flash prototype ready for user testing: Week 7
  • Flash prototype completed: Week 8
  • User testing report: Week 8

 

Progressive Assessment

This project is assessed on an ongoing basis. The development of effective design, navigation and interaction is an essential part of this project and it is necessary to achieve a competent grade for the design spec before proceeding to the development phase of the project. If you do not submit adequate work by the due date you will not be able to continue with the brief.

For the policy which you will be assessed with please refer to the Assessment Policy section of your Creative Industries student handbook or the online copy of the Assessment Policy:
http://multimedia.tafe.vu.edu.au/student//Assessment.cfm