Lead designer Marsha Matta has created the next round of slides to consider for the launch of the FVM app in June. ... Here are the images, with issues for discussions raised below.
We have been using typography embedded on images, which looks fine, but that approach does not allow for ADA accessibility, because the web page readers cannot determine what on the image is text and what is not. So our plan is to place the text separately on the images, through HTML, which the readers can pick up. Yet that creates a new problem, of which font to use. Here is a list of all of the universal fonts that most machines can translate directly. None of them are particularly attractive. In earlier versions, we have tested a variety of sans-serif fonts (because those are easier to read at smaller sizes), including Tahoma, Arial and Trebuchet. Here is a look at Helvetica and Georgia (a serifed font):
Of all of the versions we have seen (thanks for your patience, Marsha!), I think Helvetica looks like the best fit. Anyone disagree? Comments? ...
We continue to refine the launcher icon ideas, going from the bastion and outside views, to the more metaphoric idea of the palisade and gate as a portal through which visitors will walk.
I'm thinking that the launcher icon should lead to the opening screen, which are developing below. ... I have mixed feelings about the open gate versus the closed gate. I like the idea of an open gate as welcoming, but I also like the closed gate image as something that needs to be opened and stepped through, so that's the place in which I lean at this moment. Thoughts?
Although we only show a static image below, these opening screens actually are quick animations of the gate swinging open, with other details in movement as well. I really like the textures and colors that Marsha has developed in these images over time. What do you think of them?
New images developing the look of the Kanaka module
Alternative opening screens for the Kane module
New Twitter-like screen alternatives:
Again, a typography question ...
And one other integral screen under development, to show prompts:
Comments on any of these are encouraged and appreciated. Just post below.
Fort Vancouver Mobile - A video overview
Courtesy of: Research Assistant Aaron May of Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Produced in 2011.
Video highlights from the apps (20-minute version)
This montage provides a short sampling of some of the video media in the Fort Vancouver Mobile apps. This app is much more than just a video distribution system, but these videos show the variety of content, from expositional segments to new journalism to those intended to prompt the development of interactive narratives.