Web Page Draft One

This is our Web Page Draft One of our website.

FEEDBACK :

TARGETS :

Based on the feedback that we received from our teacher these are our targets we have compiled together :

  • Create some news articles
  • Insert our mission statement in our bio
  • Delete unnecessary links and social media icons
  • Include some different shots that we’ve taken
  • Hype our album and music video more, also including the digipak for hyping up the album

 

Website Previous Students Work

For the creation of our very own Website, in this task we were asked to look at a previous students Website, this task will be beneficial for us when creating our own Websiye as we will be able to see how they’ve constructed there own Website and ultimately help us construct ours.

The website I have chosen to analyse is the website for ‘The XX’ which is present below :

I will analyse this work against 5 different criteria to ensure I have met the requirements of this task.

HOW ACCESSIBLE IS THE WEBSITE? :

In terms of accessibility as the The XX are an actual indie pop band it was hard to access this website in particular which is understandable as The XX would more than likely have a number of websites and social medias on the internet thus not being able to access this website easily and wasn’t very accessible.

HOW EASY IS IT TO NAVIGATE? :

This website is very easy to navigate, when you click on the navigation bar and click on whatever you like it smoothly transitions to the desired page, in addition, you can also scroll down on the home page to the desired section which follows chronologically with with the navigation bar, however the merchandise page is the only which takes you to a new window which isn’t an issue at all and the merchandise page is presented very smartly and neatly thus being able to navigate with ease. In terms of layout it is clear and simple to use and the pages aren’t complex and stuffed with content so to speak which I appreciate thus being very easy to navigate. In addition, to the social media icons being frozen at the right so when you scroll it moves along with it, which mean it doesn’t overlap with anything and is well structured.

WHAT INFORMATION WERE YOU ABLE TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE STAR? :

The information that I was able find about the Band which is the star in this case was found on the ‘About’ section, what told this me about the band was what genre that they are being indie pop, also where the band was formed being in London in there actual high school. Other information that I was able to find was the band’s tour dates which was useful for the audience if they wanted to go see the band. However, there could still more information provided for example more about the individual band members and telling the audience more about themselves individually, in addition, to more media in terms of music videos for example which is what they are essentially all about which I thought they could’ve implemented in. Also under the ‘Media’ section I was also able to find more about the band with the images which were provided and was able to get more of a feel of there band’s personality with that.

HOW DID THE BRANDING OF THE WEBSITE COMMUNICATE A CONSISTENT BRAND IMAGE AS PORTRAYED IN THE MUSIC VIDEO AND DIGIPAK? :

With the website and music video I believe that they share a good correlation in terms of color scheme and the genre of indie pop is evidently portrayed throughout elements such as the mise-en scene in terms of costume conventional of the genre , the color palette with the implementation of vibrant colors. However, I believe that an issue is that between the music video and images of the band which is is under the ‘About’ section is that the performer isn’t the same as the one which is shown to us in the images which overall doesn’t work or make sense altogether. In terms of the digipak, I do believe that they have successfully portrayed the brand image throughout the digipak however because of this very reason the design is very similar to the actual album cover’s of ‘The XX’ thus they haven’t been creative with there digipak design I believe.

HOW FAR DOES THE WEBSITE FULFILL THE AUDIENCES’ USES AND GRATIFICATIONS (BLUMLER AND KATZ)? :

In terms of how the website fulfills the audiences uses and gratifications from Blumler and Katz I believe that does provide the information required to the audience, for example, it does inform the audience about the tour dates for the band, and a little section about the band however, I don’t believe this a sufficient amount for the audience, the website I believe could include more about the individuals in the band themselves. In addition, it could also include some more information about there albums, latest releases/tracks, which could then lead on for the audience if they want to purchase the album via the merchandise page.

In terms of personal identity the website fulfills the audiences uses and gratifications via the ability for them to purchase merchandise and have that identity of being a supporter, a follower, a fan or whatever they want to it be thus creating a personal identity for the audience, the merchandise available includes hats, posters, CD/album, tank tops, t-shits and bags, which is a number of items that the audience can you use to shape there personal identity.

In terms of social interaction the website does allow the audience to reach the band via the social medias which is present with the icons of the relative media’s on the right bar on the site, whatever social media suits the audience they able to interact with the band via those platforms.

In terms of entertainment the only thing present is the music video itself on the front page, that’s it which is why I believe that they’ve included more entertainment which could be in the form of just audio tracks, or even videos showing more in depth about the individuals themselves there background and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Digipak Draft 2

Here is our Draft 2 of out Digipak :

Front Cover

 

Left Panel
Right Panel

 

 

Back Cover

IMPROVEMENTS :

  • We changed the masthead and the changed to font of it to make it aesthetically look better.
  • We changed the text of the tracks so it doesn’t cover the model on the back cover.
  • We changed the right inside panel, which we manipulated in Photoshop to create that image that is now on our final right inside panel, also we played around with the stone which was a target of ours which we managed to do.
  • Centered the text on the spine.

We then got feedback from 3 of our peers to tell us what they liked and targets for improvement, here is what they said :

Peer 1 

  • Images suit the genre well, and theme of the tracks.
  • Conventionally well presented and suited.
  • Positioning of model is great.

Improvements:

  • Maybe fix the back cover looks a bit stretched.
  • The text at the bottom of the back back cover is hard to read.

Peer 2 

  • The fonts are well chosen and suits the digipak
  • Color scheme is well chosen.
  • Great manipulation of images on right inside panel.

Improvements:

  • Maybe do some color corrections on the back cover.
  • You could change the color of the text of the tracks to white to match the color scheme with the front cover.

Peer 3 

  • Clouds are well manipulated in inside right panel
  • Drop shadow on masthead is a good choice and looks good.
  • Good color palette choice.

Improvements :

  • Could re position the masthead on the front cover, so have the album at the top and artist name at the bottom.
  • Different picture selection with the manipulation of the heart shaped rock, looks the same image as the front cover.

 

Digipak Draft 1

Front Cover
Left Panel + Right Panel
Back Cover

What we’ve changed from our previous draft is that we’ve included in our right panel is that we’ve included the image of the rock and manipulated it in Photoshop so that it looks the heart shaped stone is broken, portraying an heartbroken theme, we’ve also changed the masthead and the size to make it look much better in terms of appearance, we’ve also changed the text of the tracks on the back so they don’t overlap with the star.

FEEDBACK :

Here is a screencastify from our teacher giving us feedback on our digipak draft 1.

WHAT WE DID WELL :

  • Nice, fresh, nature feel to it, fits the genre.
  • Likes drop shadow on name.
  • Lovely picture for back cover.
  • Spines are good.
  • The heart shaped stone is well constructed.

TARGETS :

  • Make the star bigger.
  • Bit too plain for masthead.
  • Maybe change text on back cover so it’s not over model.
  • Text on spine don’t look centered.
  • Change size of text for masthead.
  • Inside right isn’t good, too much of model.
  • Play with stone.

Evaluation of shoot or graphic design

We have now completed our first shoot for our Digipak, now it’s time to evaluate on our photoshoot, and our digipak design so far. Also with the evualtion we will be able to assess where we could improve our product overall.

Overall, we were happy with our photos that we took on our shoot, we had a variety in terms of distances of shots which enabled us to have the joy of choosing a suitable photo for our digipak and website, with the freedom with the number of photos that we had. Below is some of the photos that we took from our shoot.

However, when it came to our design, we had found suitable images for our front and back cover in addition the left inside panel, in contrast we did not have a suitable image for right inside panel which is where we had to come up with something which was suitable for the panel, we should’ve had more clarity on what we wanted for that panel, but this problem gave us something to work towards.

Most importantly we had the images for us to use and manipulate for our digipak and website and ovreall we were happy with the outcomes of the shoot and the graphic designs that we had manipulated.

 

Contact Sheet

These were the contact sheets for our photo shoot for our digipak, these photos achieved our aims for the shoots and will helps us construct and provide design ideas for our digipak.

 

 

 

 

Photoshoot / Design Production Meeting and Risk Assessment

Our aims for the shoot is to get our front cover shot which is the main target for the day, and our production meeting agenda for the shoot is below and our risk assessment is also below for us to analyse any hazards when going out for the shoot and how we can prevent these hazards, we have both signed it off when confirmation by the signature of our teacher.

 

Digipak Photo Mock-Up

Below we were tasked to create a digipak photo mock up for our own digipak, we were asked to create our digipak used images that were relevant and suitable to our genre and what theme we aimed to achieve. In order to ensure that we were on the right track in terms of genre we were tasked to ask our peers who didn’t know who our genre was to ask them what they thought our genre was and hoped that they said our genre of Indie Pop. We were also tasked to chose adjectives that described our digipak and the emotions and feel that it portrayed.

Below is our Digipak Photo Mock-up :

Overall, our digipak was conventional to do the ideas that we had, the pictures are relevant to the themes and genre that we were aiming to achieve. With the images in particular the image had an edgy feel towards however we felt that it suited our ideas that we had, we used ideas from our music video to provide the theme and meaning behind the images chosen, the songs in the album are linked to love and loss in one way or another which can be seen by the track names.

 

Digipak Moodboards

This is a collage of the elements of our moodboard that represent our digipak and our genre of Indie, this includes the style of font that we want to implement, in addition to the color palette in some of the images below, furthermore, with some of the image connoting meaning and significance behind them for example the road portraying this journey so to speak. What the moodboards portray is the theme that we aim to achieve in terms of the physical moodboard that we put pictures such as the road suggests the journey that our performer has been on of his relationship and connotes the journey essentially. In our digital moodboard we have looked at other album covers with the same genre as ours and have used them for inspiration for our own digipak, in addition including a sans serif fonts that we aim to use which believe would suit our digipak and genre. Generally the feel of our moodboard are simplistic we believe and we aim for nothing over the top in contrast however not to basic and we believe the moodboard show our ideas for this.

Overall, this task has given inspiration and more of an idea for the construction and the implementation of elements for our digipak.