Circles

    A sub 10k interface in Flash 6

    This is the first part of an occasional series I've started on. It's a series of interfaces created using different metaphors and different environments. I like my site design. It's simple, clean, and minimal. Instead of re-designing it and getting rid of the old one I'm just going to keep adding interfaces.

    Circles

    When I first built my site I wondered how to organise the information on it. Time was the most obvious choice, then allowing people to filter that content. Over time I've added new content areas, and upgraded the navigation minimally, but in essence it has remained the same.

    I wanted to apply the same degree of minimalism to a design created within Flash. This idea came around through thnking about weblogs and time. I saw my site growing over time, and each item adding to what was already there. The circles that mark the history of time of a tree seemed a metaphor not to be missed, and remembering a film I saw as a child, the idea was born.

    It is by no means perfect in it's function and usability. But it's not supposed to be. It just is.

    Elsewhere In Between

    Mixing Narrative

    Elsewhere In Between is a project developed by Julie Myers which I helped her in the latter stages of, building a primitive video sequencer in Flash that uses a database of video clips to allow the user to make their own journey through the eyes of five film-makers in five countries.

    The composer was originally developed by Julie in conjunction with BT's R&D facility with the intention of making an interactive DVD. At a late stage in the project it became apparent that a DVD would not be able to do what was desired.

    This interface was built over 4 days to be given out on DVD to delegates to a conference organised by FACT, and used in a kiosk installations as well. Because it was built in Flash it was relatively trivial to create lower bandwidth video clips that could be played over the internet.

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