Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Week 12 - Contrast

The top image shows the War on Drugs project by the LA Times. There is great use of big and small contrast. The red circles show the reach of the drug wars. This design decision is more effective than simply plotting the locations of murders or drug lord territory with simple dots, which may have crowded the design.

The Current TV website uses great light and dark space contrast. The site background is dark, the content is housed in a lighter background, drawing the user's eyes to the content.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Week 10: Dimension/Depth

1. Choosing photographs for news websites

Choosing photographs for a website can easily apply to the concepts of dimension and depth. In the news media, still photographs are as important as headlines and words when it comes to communicating what the story is about. Communicating as much as you can is important. For example, using overlap as a depth cue in the picture chosen for a website can communicate the scale of an event, the closeness of two people (above) and corresponding emotions or conflict.