Archive | October, 2015

Why we need answers

29 Oct

A methodology that solidifies my idea of using a map to help portray images around the world is human curiosity and the need for answers.

An interesting post from the site ‘newyorker’ discusses this idea. Psychologist stated that we as human have a very strong determination to resolve any uncertainty(Konnikova, 2013). Through my project I want to use this methodology to help provide a platform in which users can resolve their curiosity of history and culture of different place around the world via photos. This single platform is a place to go in which to seek answers in the form of images. This gives available knowledge to people who are unable to travel and see these in real life.

Kruglanski Donna Webster and provided a way to measure the need for closure, or N.F.C. in which a 42 item scale looked at 5 motivation facets to determine a persons need for closure. It is understood that all humans have a need for closure however the intensity varies person to person. However as this N.F.C is present in everyone the means my target audience is very large and doesn’t have to be narrowed done to small target audience which may have then resulted in less publicity for the website.

Konnikova, M. (2013). Why We Need Answers – The New Yorker. [online] The New Yorker. Available at: [Accessed 7 Dec. 2015].


Curiosity and digital Content

20 Oct

An interesting abstract from ‘Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences’ discusses and interesting topic in which several museums have begun using social media to engage visitor to their content. From this it is understood that using social media as a method of distribution showed increase in peoples human curiosity surrounding culture. (Abraham, 2015)

This is very interesting as it helps solidify the idea that using social media can drastically affect and aid human curiosity in certain fields.

As this idea mainly focuses on culture it gave me the idea that I could encompass this within the map, focusing on memorable places around the world and allowing users to view a certain place at different times throughout history this could most definitely use this idea of cultural human curiosity as suggested above.

Abraham, J. (2015). The Role of Curiosity in Making Up Digital Content Promoting Cultural Heritage. In: Reflections on Creativity: Public Engagement and The Making of Place. Jakarta: Elsevier Ltd.

Selfie City

9 Oct

One of the first piece of work I was informed on was ‘Seflie City’ this is a project in which “investigates selfies using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods”(Manovich et al., 2015)

This looks at Selfies from all around the world and portrays the data in many different ways.

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For example above you are able to toggle selfie from 5 top cities and also view them in three different formats. This is very interesting and helped inform my idea

Even though i’m distancing my idea from using selfies I still will be using aspects of this to inform my creative practice. such as the use of being able to see content from top cities around the world as i feel like this shall be most engaging.

Manovich, D., Stefaner, M., Yazdani, M., Baur, D., Goddemeyer, D., Tifentale, A., Hochman, N. and Chow, J. (2015). selfiecity. [online] selfiecity. Available at: [Accessed 7 Oct. 2015].

Graduate Project Introducation

1 Oct

For my final graduate project I am required to create a digital piece that shall be presented at the final graduate show. This semester we would be completing two units. the dissertation and then ‘Developing Media Design Concepts’. within this unit we would be planning and researching for the final project.

From the beginning of this unit I was very unsure of where to start and what i wanted to be producing. After being shown briefs for the project and told that we should be focusing ideas in using around 80% of something we know and 20% something new. From this I knew that i wanted to make a website however that as far I got.

Then my initial thought was to produce a map of selfie. however this became apparent very quickly that it didn’t have much weight to it and wouldn’t be suffice for a project of this manor.

after doing some research looking into this map idea i came across some similar ideas surrounding selfie and wanted to use some ideas from this but make it my own. Thats when I began the idea of using cultural landmarks around the world to spark debate and allow the user to view places around the world without having to have been there or ever go there. this is where my research began.