Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Collection Project and A Revised Website

Screenshot of preliminary web preview of home page
              A segment of the “collection” project website has been revised and recently launched. The main revisions were focused on the home and about web pages. The intention for the redesign of those web pages was to increase public access to the accumulation of content from the research of the project.
            As I mentioned in the August 19, 2013, Considering the “content” in Web Design, blog post I was interested in presenting the project’s current progression with research and the investigations in participation. The blog post referenced a video from the 2012 MuseumNextconference that presented concepts concerning the redesign of museum websites to be a content provider to contemporary culture.
            I have acknowledged these “online” museum methods and borrowed aspects that would pertain on a smaller scale to the “online” presence of my “collection” project.  I have featured six themes that organize the current matters of inquiry with the collection. They are listed below with a brief description of the significance.

            ABOUT THE COLLECTION – This page introduces the viewer to the background information of the project. The page has links to the collection statement, artist resume, and contact information. The links for the social media pages are accessible for viewers (if they choose) to be able to keep updated on the recent additions. I chose to remove the social media links from the home page, because I consider them as links to accessing the collection rather than contributing to the content. 

Screenshot of preliminary web preview of about page

          CURRENT BLOG POST – This is a link to my blog. There has always been a link to the blog on the project’s website, but the blog’s content has grown and consists of research and experiences pertaining to the “collection” project.

            RECENT ADDITIONS – This link to the most recent addition of the collection was on the original web home page. The monthly recent addition is one of the main points that creates continuous interaction with the website.
            RECENT RESTAGINGS – The opportunities of restaging the collection are with public intuitions, participant’s perspectives, and the use of variations with media. The most current restaging is presented with a link to the restaging webpage.   

            CONTRIBUTE TO THE COLLECTIONS – This theme is related to the Public Bulletin Board Collection were participants can email and share an image of their community’s public bulletin board. Adding this theme to the home page gives this collection another opportunity to be noticed, along with engagement with the concept.

            COUPON COLLECTION CURRENT RESEARCH – The link to the most current research concerning the longevity of print media coupons and is made accessible because it brings attention to specific content of research located on the blog.

            These six themes currently introduce the investigations of the concept concerning the social interaction between people and objects. The revisions of content and redesign of selected web pages present a fresh presentation and indicates growth of the collection. The September 2013 Recent Additions of The Mouth Collection is posted with this launch of the web pages.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Social Media Page and LIMITS

            This blog post is reflecting on my experience of posting the August 2013 coupon tally on my social media pages. While I was in the process of posting on my Facebook page, I wanted to use the “ask a question” feature. I haven’t used the feature since a mid-June post to avoid redundancy.
            The “ask a question” feature is no longer available on my page. There is the opportunity to post an “offer.” I am unable to use this feature, because I do not have more than a hundred “likes” for my page. I am aware of this information, because there is a question mark icon next to the “offer” feature and when I hold the curser next to the question mark the statement visually appears.
             My continual research of online social interaction with the Facebook page and my collection is presenting constraints toward my page that create a slower process of getting established. Referring back to November 25, 2012, The Collection Project and Social Media’s Role, blog post I cited an online article stating Facebook prioritizes news feeds of posts by the pages who had the most activities or “Likes.”  This also placed limits on pages that were below Facebook’s guidelines of social activity and their definition of established.
            I ended The Collection Project and Social Media’s Role blog post by stating I would consider other internet platforms with open standards to promote public access to the new additions of the “collection” project. I have been casually using Since the last time I posted on, there have been some changes with the sites sources to operate as an open source social engine. I am currently researching and My plans for the second year of the “collection” project are to increase my use with a site that offers open source social networking. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Print Media Observation at Print Festival Scotland

Information Board on High Street
            In my brief visit to Dundee, Scotland for the Impact8 Conference and Print Festival, I noticed the Dundee community using print media types of communication to distribute information to the public. This is demonstrated by the various public bulletin boards in the center city area. My interest in documenting these types of display was not only for this print media observation post, but it began when I noticed the fine art style of ephemeral prints exhibited on the recycle bins in the area of the University of Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design building for the Print Festival Scotland. The ephemeral prints for the Print Festival were integrated into other public areas in the community of Dundee through out the week. This use of presentation continues one of the many roles of the "print" in urban exchange of information.
Recycle Area at Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Print on telephone booth on Perth Road

Detail of Recycle Area

Large Billboard Area on Meadowside
Tower Shape Board on Perth Road

Two of these images from this post of Dundee’s public bulletin boards have been included in the Public Bulletin Board Collection. View the collection on the projects website and find out how to submit an image of your communities public bulletin board to the collection.