Charlotte Strethill-Smith

Digital Media Design Student

— January 17, 2014

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Recently, I was asked by my housemate to create some character designs for his scriptwriting unit. His script focuses of Detective Fiennesalot (pronounced Finds a lot) and the curious incident of the cursed village. My housemate asked for the characters to be cartoons similar to adventure time. The Detective needed to look normal but also disheveled and drunk. Whereas, the villagers needed to look peculiar and funny. This was to show the contrast between the main character and the strange place he has wandered into. Whilst the villagers are very humble in their appearance the mayor is adorned in rich fabrics and expensive jewellery which raises questions as to how he pertains these. In the future I might carry these characters on and use the script my housemate wrote to create a short animation.

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Technology-Convergence — January 7, 2014

Technology-Convergence

Manovich (in Software Takes Command) argues that digital media has brought about a number of “media-independant techniques” in which he identifies them as “searchability, findability, linkability”. It could also be argued that interactability is a further technique in which should be included. The reasoning for this is that its become common place for users to be able to not only interact with media physically (for example using touch screens to enlarge a piece of text). They have now been given the ability to comment, subscribe and be able to influence media. We have become so used to this, that it is expected of every device to have interactive features, such as socially, by sharing files or linking up profiles on different applications.