Final Thoughts of the Finished Poster and How the Process Went

I have finished my poster and thinking back on the question I picked which was “What is your social network?” I am wondering if I answered the question. Which I believe I have to a degree. The brief for the question stated: “Visualise your Facebook social network using Facebook’s classification of close friends, family and acquaintances.”

To answer the question, I went to my most used social media which is Facebook and I was just casually scroll through the news feed trying to think of a way to categorize everyone. Who would I put as close friends and acquaintances. So i decided to do some research on how to collect my profiles data, such as who I communicate with the most, through messgaes, comments and likes. I come across  http://www.wolframalpha.com/ which on the site has a page that does all that for you and more. It help to categorize ever single on of my friends quick and easily.

Though the results didnt shock me they did me an idea. My network as made up of mostly acquaintances, a few friends and little family. Because Facebook logo was just a single F I decided I was going to create that F and fill it with different colour circles. Literally having one circle represent one Facebook friend, which later in the process of creating the poster, I found hard and had play around to get them to fix perfectly which in my eyes it still doesn’t.

The colours of the circles were hard to decide on, for the most part I had just random colours for the circles which I didnt think made much sense and thought back my data and my idea and how I could could portray the message in two ways, one way with the F and the other with the colours, having the circles fade into Facebooks famous blue colour from families being the farthest  away from it to acquaintances being the blue. This shows acquaintances make up my Facebook.

This is the final result:

poster

Though it did full my idea, I still think with more time I could do better.

Final Ideas For Poster

After discussing my current poster with my tutor, we have decided that the colours are not good and look a bit like traffic lights. So I have come up with a different idea, through my research I have found at most of my Facebook friends are acquaintances, which has given me the idea to use the Facebook blue fading into the F. For example, the Family category is the smallest group of friends on my Facebook, which on the poster will be represented by the light shade of the facebook blue, then close friends will be half way between the lightest shade and the full shade of blue and acquaintances the full shade of blue making up most of the F.

I think this will help show that Facebook is a place for everyone in your life not just “friends” how they market it.

Development and Realisation- Test Posters.

I have started to use inscape to start creating my poster. Although these are just rough ideas I think it is going well.

The number of circles are not correct as of yet there are only 170 acquaintance circles so I need to mess around with the size and layout of them to be able to add more and I am just playing around with either having a outline for the F or not:

poster test 1 poster test 2

Development and Realisation-Disscustion with lecture

Today I have a discussion with my texture on the progress on my poster and  this is what I’ve got so far:facevook

We exchanged some ideas on where I can go from here:

  • depending on how many circles I can get in the F, I could try messing around with their size, depending on how close I am to the people.
  • If I run out of room, I could add another layer or adding a gradient to the circles
  • using a gradient inside the F instead of circles

Development and Realisation- Poster Research.

After feedback and a discussion  with my lecture I  have decided that it would be best to go for the idea of having the Facebook Logo F and filling it with different co loured circles each representing a group of people. For this I would need to collect data on my Facebook profile, originally I had planned on manually looking through my profile and writing down where I thought ever body fitted, but after half an hour of doing this I came to the realisation that it was going to take to long and eat into my time to create the actual poster. After some searching on the web I came across http://www.wolframalpha.com/ which is a site that helps you collect data and they have a page which is for  collecting data on your Facebook profile. It gives you data on all types, such as who is your oldest and youngest friend, who do you talk to the most, who do you have the most/least in common with and much more. The results of my friends:

Close Friends: 17

Family: 12

Acquaintances: 358

Total number of Facebook friends: 387

Development and Realisation- Ideas

I have decided to settle with the What is your social network? and I have come up with a few ideas on how I could represent that data.

  1. My first idea was to have a time line across the bottom of the poster either starting from my birth or the time I joined Facebook and having my close friends, family and acquaintances popping up at the time the entered my life or I become friends with them on Facebook. Then from there I will have colour lines (each representing a different group) connecting to me and more lines connecting them to each other (if they are).
  2. My second idea is to have a large Facebook F and filling it with different colour circles filling the F. Each colour would representing a different group, either my close friends, family or acquaintances.

Both ideas could represent the data well.

The first idea

Development and Realisation – workshop 1

I have had my first workshop for the Development and Realisation unit. I was given an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape which are both programmes used to create vector based graphics.

I had used Illustrator before in college and I never got along with it and seemed to struggle to create anything worth showing off however the workshop did help me improve on my skills but I am still not confident using it without help from someone. This is the out come of the Illustrator part of the workshop.

workshop

as you can tell not the best of work and there is plenty of room for improvement.

I had never used Inkscape before this workshop and this was my first introduction with using it. I seemed to get on with the program well and enjoyed using it over illustrator. For the work shop we followed a tutoral to create a Chinese toy and I quite enjoyed doing it, which was a surprise to me as I never really get on with vector graphics. I think I will be using Inkscape to complete my project. This is the outcome of the workshop on Inkscape:

drawing

Development and Realisation – Seminar 1

Today i was shown a website called Information is Beautiful Awards, Its a website that showcases lots of information graphics that have won or been nominated for some awards. They have given me some ideas on how I might tackle mine.

I think I need to think about the idea of using some sort of timeline, not only does it fit into the theme of Facebook but adds time to my poster. Though it is still early days ideas are starting to form.

Looking at some of these examples have helped me expand my ideas.

Development and Realisation

I have started a new unit for my university course called Development and Realisation. For this unit my task is a to create a poster on one of these topics:

  • Where have you been and when?
  • What is your social network? 
  • How many documented meteor impacts have there been?
  • Who lives the longest?
  • What is the fattest country?
  • Where do different genders shop online?
  • Who knows each other and how in Star Wars? 
  • What type of music is the most popular? 
  • Who has the largest carbon footprint?
  • How does the hydrologic cycle (also called the water cycle) work?

After long and hard thinking I have decided to go with “What is your social network?” I think this will be the most interesting for me and ties in nicely with my course as it involves the digital media known as social media.The brief for this topic states “Visualise your Facebook social network using Facebook’s classification of close friends, family and acquaintances.” The idea of the poster to portray the answer to the question asked without the use of lots of text. I can only use vector graphics within the poster, which make me feel a bit apprehensive about the task as I had some experience with vector graphics in college and it wasn’t my strongest area. Although I am sure with the help of the workshops within this unit I will be fine in creating my poster.

My first ideas on the poster is, to have me in the center and a yellow line coming out of me and connecting to one of my close friends because Facebook uses an icon of a star to represent close friends and the colour most put with stars is yellow. From my close I connect one of his close friends who is either another close friend of mine or an acquaintance (using a dotted line) and so forth. I will also do that same with family but with a pink line.