What is User Interface?

What is User Interface?

What is User Interface?

A User Interface (UI) here used synonymously for Graphical User Interface (GUI) having graphical elements for user interactivity.

user interface

A User Interface (UI) is a design created for easy interaction between a person and an information device.

A UI can be an application, a website or a program which can be accessed by using various menus or commands to access desired information.

Understanding UX

UX refers to User Experience.

According to Donald Arthur ‘Don’ Norman (Director, The Design Lab, University of California) “UX design is the process of enhancing user experience with a product by improving the usability, accessibility and pleasure provided in the interaction”.

UX is the process of development & improvement of quality interaction between a user & UI.

A User Interface Designer

To simply understand UX and UI

A UI Designer is the person who has:

a) Knowledge of colors and their mood.

b) Knowledge of designing basics.

c) A designing software (Ps, Ai, Cdr)

d) Ability to research and analyze (understanding UX) for creating simplified usability of a UI.

e) Critically evaluating ‘Your Design’ for making it ‘Their Design’. Welcome suggestion, apply sensibly.

Design BASICS

Design Principles

1. PROXIMITY

Content placed closer to each other to indicate it’s connected or associated. It becomes one visual unit and makes a clear structure of the layout.

2. ALIGNMENT

In a well-integrated design, the contents are grouped, organized and aligned to create a balance and order.

3. CONTRAST

Every information/content in a design should stand apart from one another but should look connected. Be it the text, color, elements, size, tone etc.

 

4. WHITE SPACE

It is like giving visual breathing room to the eye. Giving balanced spaced between the content increases readability & helps in highlighting importance.

KEEP IN MIND

  • Know your target user. Choose colors, fonts and every design element accordingly.
  • Keep app behaviours familiar to the user.
  • Keep the design simple and aesthetically (beauty) pleasing.
  • Keep the interfaces consistent throughout.
  • Listen to others as every person has different usage approach which might become valuable feedback.

 

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Things You Can Learn From Digital Graphics and Motion Graphics

Things You Can Learn From Digital Graphics and Motion Graphics

Digital Graphics and Motion Graphics

Digital Graphics and Motion Graphics is a short term program designed for creatively inclined passionate youngsters who would like to build the creative career in graphic designing, UI designing, multimedia content creation, interactive graphics and motion graphic content.

About Digital Graphics & Motion Graphics

Graphics is the field related to the computer controlled integration of texts, graphics, audio, drawings, and animations. The information or content in the multimedia can be represented through digitally in contrast to traditional media.

Motion graphics is the digital video output which contains the pictures, sound, words, and video. Motion graphics is a combination of animation and graphic design. This is an integration of different creative elements like typography, illustration, logos, shapes animation clips & video along with the sound. They are then animated or moved in the desired way that tells a story.

The multimedia technology applies interactive computer elements such as text, video, pictures, graphics, animation and sound into a single form to deliver the message. Multimedia presents may be viewed by a person on stage, transmitted, projected or played locally with the media player. It is also extensively used in, VR, AR and gaming segments.

Role of a Graphics/Motion Graphics/Multimedia Artist

The graphic designer is a professional in creating visuals and solving problems associated with the visual communication. The qualified graphic designers have to create digital drawings, Lettering, Layout, Typography, Diagramming, and Photography. Art has merged with science, and this wonderful relationship has produced tremendous scope in graphic designing as a form of applied art. Pictures are the most useful means of communication, and graphic design implies it amazingly.

Print Designers develop the layout and production design of newspapers, corporate reports, magazines, journals and other publications. Also create the promotional displays, marketing brochures for products and services, packaging, distinctive design logos for businesses and products.

Scope of Digital Graphics & Motion Graphics

Graphic designers are needed in so many industries like advertisement industry, Virtual Reality, Information Technology, web designing industry, Augmented Reality and Gaming, etc. Designers must be aware of tools such as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Aftereffects, Audition.

Topics Covered

Basic Animation, Designing Principles, Vector and Raster Graphics, UI Designing, Basic Action Scripting, Logo Creation, 2D Motion Graphics, Basic Audio/Video Editing.

Software Covered

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premier.

What You Can Become?

  1. Graphic Designer
  2. Motion Graphics Artist
  3. Simple Ad Film Producer
  4. Multimedia Artist / Programmer
  5. Graphics Artist

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Photoshop layers are like transparents sheets/tracing paper sheets. You can see through each of them. Together they make composition of their content which can be seen and published as an output. Layer order can be changed at any time Any layer removal lead to loss of the content made on it.

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5 Stop Motion Mistakes and How To Avoid It

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5 Stop Motion Mistakes and How To Avoid It

1. Animation Flicker

A lot of stop motion films suffer from flicker issues. If you are experiencing this two things:

Is the camera auto exposure turn on? It is the most flicker culprit. Auto exposure automatically brightens the camera image if the environment becomes dark when every time your hand moves in front of a camera.There are 5 Stop Motion Mistakes.When the Camera tries to compensate by making the image brighter, you see the camera tries to compensate by making the image brighter, and you see flicker in the frames when they are played back. Turning the Auto exposure off and fixes the problem.

Check that the lights behind you? Sometimes your shadow which can be almost invisible in a bright room becomes very visible when you are taking many pictures of it, and playing the pictures back at 15 FPS. Make sure the only lights in the chamber are the lights shining directly on the set.

 

2. Camera Shake

When you are animating a film with toy characters, you want the camera to be as still as possible or move gracefully as the camera does in a feature film.

The thing that never looks good is a camera image that is constantly wobbling off-kilter, as the animator bumps it with their sleeve. The best ways to avoid this types of problem is to fasten the camera down with tape or apply rubber bands, strategically.

Some animations made with the larger figures, animation get away with the camera shake, because an action is happening all over the room. But as a general rule, if you are making shorts with minifigs and action figures, you want the camera to stay still.

3. Low Frame Rate

A lot of animators post movies they made with still using the camera. They take a lot of pictures with the camera, then use a program like Windows movie makes to import the images, play them back and add sound in it.

The problem with this approach is that Movie Maker limits the speed at which these images are played back. As of the fastest frame rate Movie Maker allows eight frames per second.There are 5 Stop Motion Mistakes.

The easiest solution to this problem is to use a frame-grabbing application, which lets you set the frame rate to faster speeds. Pro animators work in the 12-24 frames per second range.There are 5 Stop Motion Mistakes.

4. Poor Camera Angles

Many of the amateurish films improved immediately if the camera was closer to the action. It doesn’t matter how great your camera is if it looks like the action is happening in the two city blocks away.

In the filmmaking, the animators always used a variety of shots to tell the perfect story in the right direction or angles.

5. Blurry Images

Some of the cameras have a fixed focus and cannot focus on the main objects closer than the 8-12 inches. These cameras not to be used for stop motion since you are typically animating something that’s 3-7 inches away from the lens.

Alternatively, some cameras have automatic focus. These cannot be used because the camera repeatedly loses focus every time your hand moves into the image.

Use cameras that can focus on the objects that are close to the lens have a manual focus ring and are prepared to adjust focus often.

 

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Guidelines of Logo Design

Good logo design requires a complex mixture of design skills, skillful application, and creative theory. Any designer worth their salt can create a fit-for-purpose logo, but mastering all aspects of the craft takes time.

Logo design is just one small subset of branding which these days can incorporate a dizzying number of activation points. So here are two design tips to help you improve your branding work from the research phase, through the varied stages of logo design craft, and finally the application of the mark.

 [1] Logo Design Strategy

1. Understand your competition

Before you start working up a logo design concept, ensure you research your target market thoroughly. The client should be able to provide some information about their competitors.

Compare all the logos in their competitive set. This research reveals some entrench.

2. Ask the right questions

The strategy is becoming an increasingly important part of the branding process. What this means in practice will often depend on the scale of the project, but it all starts with asking the right questions.

The 5 things of the brand you are working on as a starting point: Why are we here?; What do we do?, What makes different?; Who are we here for?; What do we value the most?; and What’s our personality?

3. Stay flexible during the process

Once you formulate a strategy, you don’t have to set it in stone. It can be a two-way street. Some of conceptual, strategic ideas that work in theory may fall apart in practice when visualized conversely, a compelling visual solution that begins from left-field during the design stage can feedback into stage two and help emerge the strategy retrospectively.

4. A logo is just one ingredient

People now join with a brand through a huge variety of different touch points, and the logo is not always the first point of contact with their brand.

Always keep in mind that as you develop your logo design: stay versatile and flexible, and examine how the logo interacts with the rest of brand experience, from packaging to tone of voice.

 

[2] Shape of Logo Design

1. Strip it back to basics

Firstly the most important are simplicity. An excellent way to check the simplicity of your concept is to keep subtracting elements until you reach its most basic form. Be brutal here. Is it still recognizable if you sketch it quickly with a few rough strokes? What are its unique, defining features? Generally speaking, the simpler a logo design.

2. Understand shape psychology

The shape psychology goes far beyond the obvious. Often used as a symbol of the hugely popular design are the yellow triangle, red square and blue circle that shape and color can transcend cultural and language barriers.

3. Master grids and structure

It’s becoming common for design agencies to air their sketchbooks in public, whether on online platforms or as part of project case studies on their websites or released to the design press.

Often these workings include the technical side of a design composition, revealing and discussing the grid that underlies its production and the specific curves and angles that define the shape. Such projects can be valuable reference points to inform your work and can help make abstract design principles.

4. Employ negative space

The smart use of negative space in a mark can raise a smile, using wit to aid brand recognition.

Use of appropriately, negative space can also pack extra meaning into a logo design, reinforcing the theory that the simplification through subtraction can lead to a more memorable brand mark.

 

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Difference Between Animation And Motion Graphics

Animation and Motion Graphics are the two words which are quite used in the Media industry and Entertainment. There is a huge difference between the Animation and Motion Graphics.

Why is there a need to know the Difference between Animation and Motion Graphics

Many people are using the term Animation in place of Motion Graphics and vice-versa since they think both terms are same.

Thus, understanding the differences not only help you realize a piece of knowledge but make you recognize that there are two different divisions where you can go. One is Animation Industry, and other is Motion Graphics Industry. Though both the divisions operate under the same roof, yet there is a divergence between the skills of the artists working on it.

1. Animation

The animation is any technique that implies images different from one another and played sequentially.

The animation is something where the modeling artists create a non-existing character with a computer, and a story is framed by other artists such as the Texturing Artists, Lighting Artists, Rigging Artists, and so on.

2. Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics is a broad term that usually defines computer-generated images that do not come from a 3D environment.

Motion Graphics are the various processes by which imagery is created and manipulated outside the setting of a live action by artists such as Compositors, Rotoscoping Artists, Matte  Painters, Keying Artists, etc.

What is Animation?

Earlier the Animation is made by exposing a series of frames or pictures which result in an illusion of apparent movement. At this age of Technology, we have High-Performance Workstation, which helped artists produce High Quality and more realistic animations.

Animation movies is a result of one’s vision and imagination. The most common examples of animation are the cartoon which you watched in childhood. There are many award-winning animated films. They are entirely based on fictional roles and build entirely in a studio of a number of studios. An animation film does not consist of real things or real human

The technique of photographing drawing or positions of models to create an illusion of movement when the film is shown in sequence.

What is Motion Graphics?

Motion Graphics is the process where Animation is embedded into a live action scene, i.e. something which is photographed using a real location, a camera, and actors. It is then processed using VFX Techniques, and various effects in the shot are composited into the scenery.

A matte painting is painted representing the landscape or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that is imaginary in real life otherwise impossible to build or visit

The truth is animation and motion graphics have a complex relationship. “Animators” and “motion graphics designers” tend to rely on very similar tools, both from a software perspective and from a craft perspective Such as Adobe After Effects, Maya, and Photoshop, MAXON Cinema 4D.

 

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