Being Creative

March 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm (Thoughts)

Now that we have talked about the Section 2 project in class, I thought I would share a few of my thoughts.  My own project  does what I want it to do now, as far as the behaviors and effects of showing the pictures and so forth.  As was suggested in class, I would like to make it a more collaborative text; however, I am not sure if I will keep the same pictures.  It would be much more “my style,” so to speak, if I were to use a more artistic approach to the use of images within my text.  In other words, rather than going out and finding random pictures which fit my text better, I think it would be more interesting if I linked Hughes’ poem to an artistic representation of nature through one or two artists.

Besides this modification of images, I also plan to use recordings of my voice, which will correspond to each line.  I believe the trick here will be not to make the reader so passive that there is no effort required other than for them to move the mouse.  I would still like the reader to explore the text from their own view point, adding a style of their own to the reading experience, but still transforming their experience of interaction.  For instance, if I link an audio file of a reading for one line, and the reader moves the mouse over that line and hears the reading, but then moves too fast onto the next line, the audio will overlap, it will confuse the reader, and the text will disappear from view.  This type of effect would aid the reader’s experience of the text, but also force them to slow down while reading it, otherwise they will be bombarded with too much data.

Perhaps I could also create the same text with a completely different set of experiences, and then let the user choose which poem to reader before they even enter the hypertext. I do see a number of possibilities with this project.  I am having fun, and looking forward to doing more.

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