Tuesday, 26 April 2011


In today’s lesson i decided to create a survey that we would send out to a variety of different demographic audiences. I believe that by creating a survey I will then be able to provide a service that people would appreciate. The survey would give me an idea of what kind of information, layout, images and interactive services that my target audience would like to and expect to receive from the website. this is what our survey looked like... 

Friday, 8 April 2011

In today’s lesson I started making my website. First I made a common page which would then be the background of all the pages. I thought this would be a good idea as it increases the professional look of the website.
In today’s lesson I took some photographs using the shot list that I prepared earlier. I also looked through the pictures that I took and selected a few that I believed would suit our website the best. I decided to manipulate these images in photoshop to get rid of any imperfections that I saw, this would then enhance the viewers experience whilst on my site.
After school yesterday  I went to the British heart foundation shop in Catford. I wanted to take pictures of the shop to make out campaign seem more authentic. I took pictures inside and outside of the shop I also took pictures of the donation bags. 

Design of pages...


In today’s lesson I started to design the different pages of my website, by designing my website on paper before using iweb to design it allows us to have a blank canvas on which i can let my creativity take place with out the confusion of how to do things on the computer. Whilst designing I decided that it would be best if kept the toolbars and columns the same but just change the content we decided this to give my website a more uniformed look which in turn will make it look more professional. This is one of my pages that I drew as a template:

Main website plan

In today’s lesson I decided to write up a shot list which will contain a list of the pictures that I want to take, the shot list would help me to visualise the images that I want and then go out and take them.

For my main website I have decided to make a campaign site focusing on the issues that arise with heart problems for my website I will be using a variety of audio and visual aids. Images will be a main factor in my site, here is a shot list of some of the pictures I want to take.
I want to take pictures of:
A family, and use Photoshop to fade one member of this family out to make it look as if one member has passed away due to a heart complication and that we as a charity  are  trying to raise awareness about these heart problems ands ways of which they may be prevented.
Someone at the gym or exercising in some way. This will again emphasise the prevention of heart problems. We would also like to have an image of a person eating a healthy balanced diet as this is key to prevention of not just heart problems but a wide variety of other problems as well.
A science lab- where our researchers will be working using the donations and aids provided by the public to try and find new life changing drugs and treatment for heart patients.
Charity shop – to show the wide variety of ways in which people can donate, money, clothes, brick-a-brack, cds, videos and dvds.
Cake sale – the cake sale is just one of the appeals that school children nation wide have done in order to raise money for the ‘Help a Heart foundation’s’ get involved appeal.
I also need to take pictures of people who are suitable to be in various positions in mycharity. For example we need people who look like top end ceo’s and also people who could be working as volunteers for our shops.
I believe that by using a shot list it gives us a chance to plan what exactly I want to do before Ido it. This will intern allow me to visualise what I really want my website to look like and include. So the website is going to be a direct representation of my own thoughts and ideas strung together with the use of planning and clever manipulation of well photographed images using Photoshop.

website conventions

In todays lesson, I started my research which needs to be complete in order to have all the information to create my main site which is based on a heart charity. Because of this we researched into charity websites and compared the techniques and common conventions used to convey information for example the layout, font sizes, photo galleries, and interactive parts.

I print screen and annotated  some charity websites. 

By doing this research it has widened my knowledge on normal website conventions for example; I have learnt that colour plays a huge impact on the audiences first impression and too much colour can be distracting to the information needed to be displayed, however in contrast too little colour can make the website seem dull and uninviting.

In order to have the information easily read a layout is conventionally with a banner across the top to vertical side bars a larger block in the middle also a navigation bar is used to show each page of the website. Websites conventionally use interactivey to keep the audience enaged with the website and the information being displayed. For instance;
-roll overs
-visual and audio pieces

When creating my main charity website we will follow the typical website conventions as listed above