Usability Research Improves Classroom Website

In 2015, Fairhaven High School’s Art Department developed fhsart.net. The website attempted to communicate the achievements and course offerings and provide students with a platform to display their artwork publicly. The team diligently and excitedly crafted the website, uploading photos, videos and writing lots of text. However, the group encountered one major problem. They lackedContinue reading “Usability Research Improves Classroom Website”

The Five Whys Analysis

While many methods exist to research problems and solutions, one more simple and effective technique includes the five whys analysis. This technique focuses on cause and effects relationships and quickly digs deep into the root cause of an issue. The technique breaks down processes into a sequence of events and identifies relationships within the problem.Continue reading “The Five Whys Analysis”

Planning with Backcasting

Suppose you’ve ever watched the evening news. In that case, you might have noticed that one of the most popular local television segments includes the weather forecast, a prediction of what weather will look like at a given time. Instead of forecasting and predicting the future, I’d like to introduce you to the concept ofContinue reading “Planning with Backcasting”

Celebrating Failure with Iterative Design

Do you remember the first time you rode a bicycle? Here’s a scenario, let’s say you tried to ride your bike nine times but kept falling off. However, on the tenth try, you maintain your balance and ride the bike down the street. A teacher grades your experience in this scenario: one out of tenContinue reading “Celebrating Failure with Iterative Design”

Analyzing Google Trends for Business Locations

For this post, I wanted to simulate what it might be like to be a social media manager for a coffee company looking to expand its business in Massachusetts. The fictional coffee company, “To Bean or Not to Bean,” seeks to expand its locations to two to three bordering states. In this scenario, I’ll lookContinue reading “Analyzing Google Trends for Business Locations”

7 Ways to use Analytics to Improve Social Media Posts

We’ve all been there. We’ve produced something extraordinary, ran to social media, created a post, and then hit share. “Look at what we did!” you might’ve exclaimed, only to see no one saw your post. Before you delete your post and simply repost it, let’s look at 6 Social Media Analytic tips to improve yourContinue reading “7 Ways to use Analytics to Improve Social Media Posts”

Using Animation to Inspire Digital Learning

School is just around the corner for many students and teachers, and I’m eager to enter my media art class with some excitement. Yes, the past two pandemic years were challenging, stressful, and overwhelming. However, I’m really looking to motivate and inspire my students like never before. During the last two years, restrictions on collaboration,Continue reading “Using Animation to Inspire Digital Learning”

Adding Animated UI to Mobile Applications

Animating User Interfaces A while back, I explored the creative process of developing a working mobile application prototype. I developed a prototype attempting to improve the tourism efforts of New Bedford, Massachusetts. While the prototype functions well, I knew it could become much stronger and experimented with user interface animations. I created two different animationsContinue reading “Adding Animated UI to Mobile Applications”

Creating an Animated Stinger

Animated stinger Content creators love animated stingers. Most television, Youtube, Twitch, and Vimeo channels include an animated stinger to introduce a content creator’s brand. This week, I was inspired to create my own animated stinger for my small business, DFurt Film. I had an original logo but realized the need to create an animated logo.Continue reading “Creating an Animated Stinger”

Preparing a Stop Animation

There’s this artist that I absolutely love, and his work is completely refreshing, unique, and extremely tedious. The artist goes by the moniker PES, and he’s a stop animation filmmaker. His work has been viewed over a billion times on YouTube, and all of his work is handcrafted animation that uses everyday objects. If youContinue reading “Preparing a Stop Animation”