Digital Artefact = The Wandering Diaries
WordPress.org. 2016. Creating a Static Front Page. [ONLINE] Available at: https://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_a_Static_Front_Page. [Accessed 31 March 2016]
Codex is the online manual for WordPress, which provides information, tips, how-to’s as well as forums. We used Codex to navigate areas on WordPress we weren’t too sure about, in order to make our digital artefact function the way we wanted it to. We initially used codex.wordpress.org to try and work out how to set a static front page, as this was a feature we needed to the artefact. The website was helpful, and the layout was easy to navigate, however some of the language was difficult to understand if you weren’t already familiar with key concepts.
Syed Balkhi. 2016. What is Static Front Page. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.wpbeginner.com/glossary/static-front-page/. [Accessed 31 March 2016].
WordPress Beginner is a site that, similar to Codex, helps to navigate the basics of WordPress. We used this site to find resources on the creation of a static front page, as well at looking at how to possibly use a contact form in order to allow submissions. This is the site that enabled us to set a static front page using our particular theme. The site is helpful as it uses basic language and every page has links to further resources. This allowed us to continue looking through other ideas to discuss other options to improve our artefact.
Annette, Bucket List Journey. 2016. Unusual Archives. [ONLINE] Available at:http://bucketlistjourney.net/category/unusual/. [Accessed 20 April 2016].
This website belongs A lady named Annette, following her journey through completing her own bucket list. Her bucket list wasn’t so much an inspiration but rather one part of her website: the ‘Unusual’ section. This features bucket list items that aren’t so cliché or adventures that I hadn’t even heard of, for example ‘eat a bug sundae at Portland’s Freakybuttrue Peculiarium’. I feel like this is what our objective was with our digital artefact; to create a place where people can share their own amazing experiences and from that would appear a bucket list that isn’t ‘normal’ or stereotypical. This source is a clear, easy to navigate layout and is visually appealing. It drew me in from the beginning, and has been a stimulus to creating our own artefact.
Marelisa Fabriga. 2016. 10,000+ Bucket List Ideas for Designing Your Best Life. [ONLINE] Available at:https://daringtolivefully.com/bucket-list-ideas. [Accessed 20 April 2016].
Marelisa Fabrega, a lawyer and entrepreneur, created a list of ideas ‘for designing your best life’. Based off her own eBook, it features various travel ideas – such as ‘visit the Grand Canyon’ ‘Visit Machu Picchu’, and ‘stay at the ice Hotel’. For this reason, this site was only relevant to us for being the opposite of what we wanted to achieve. We didn’t want the usual bucket list ideas that are featured on Daring to Live Fully. We wanted the unusual – and this site served as a contrast to our own ideas and purpose. It showed us the format and the background of what was already out there in the digital world – and we wanted to make it completely different. We didn’t want one page that was ridiculously long, we wanted categories and a simple list that made it feel more personal to the idea then something that had been thought of in not too much time. The site and it’s functionality is great, but the ideas were not what we aimed to do, so it served us not as inspiration but motivation to be different.
Matthew Karsten. 2016. Expert Vagabond. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.instagram.com/expertvagabond/. [Accessed 21 April 2016]
Matthew Karsten shares images from all over that show parts of the world you wouldn’t have even heard of – let alone have seen, in an aesthetically cohesive Instagram account. This is extremely relevant to our artefact it shows the world in a personal way. Expert Vagabond stood out because it rarely, if ever, shows images of the stereotypical landmarks of travelling. It demonstrates unique places, people, and even animals. I was constantly intrigued to click on the images and find out where it came from, and was always surprised to find it was somewhere I’d never heard of or somewhere I never thought about visiting. This served as inspiration to show people places they’d never think of, and encourage them to step out of the “norm”.
Kirsten Alana. 2016. Kirsten Alana. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/kirstenalana/. [Accessed 21 April 2016].
Kirsten Alana’s Instagram on face value is very attractive and intriguing due to it’s photography, but it’s the contents of the account that inspired me. Every travel destination, Kirsten gives information regarding the place, sometimes giving tips, history and experiences she had there, and this became an Instagram I would look at regularly. This is relevant to our digital artefact because we wanted to provide people with this information, making it more than just a bucket list or more and just an experience list – but also a place you could go to find information on unique places.
Kristen Addis. 2016. Be My Travel Muse. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.instagram.com/bemytravelmuse/. [Accessed 21 April 2016].
Kristen Addis sets her travel sights on those not so known. From camping in the Atacama Desert in a Wicked Camper, to walking a hanging bridge in Patagonia – her experiences are unique, first hand and exciting. Her images are clear and professional, but feature all different landscapes and times of day, representing the true vision of travelling. It’s tone is simple, with images not crowded by too many objects. It’s relevance to the artefact was again to serve as inspiration for those off the beaten track adventures that people have lost in the age of landmark searching, rather than finding special places ourselves!
Globe Wanderer. 2016. The Globe Wanderer. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.instagram.com/theglobewanderer/. [Accessed 21 April 2016].
The Globe Wanderer isn’t one particular person, but collections of people who submit or have their photos featured. As the name suggests – it’s worldwide travel based, from a river in New Zealand to a food market in Istanbul, Turkey. This source is intelligent as it’s collaborative and allows people to interact with others who enjoy travel, photographer and other interests. It doesn’t have the cohesion of other mentioned Instagrams, because it isn’t one particular person’s style, but this means it appeals to many. The idea of sharing experiences is a relevant inspiration and model for our own idea of an interactive bucket list.
WP Beginner – WordPress Tutorials. (2014). How To Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners. [Online Video]. 9 April 2014. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXM1QgMODW0. [Accessed: 31 March 2016].
This YouTube video outlined how to install a plugin for WordPress, which my group and I watched to understand how to incorporate a submission plugin into our website, which is a feature we required for our artefact to function efficiently and to be best it could. The video was extremely helpful as it had clear images of the computer screen and a clear voice which directed the video. It covered three different ways to install plugins – which was useful for us to understand which would be best for us. Even though we eventually decided against a plugin, this video helped us navigate the various features of our WordPress site.
Mykl Roventine. 2013. The Non-Designers Guide to WordPress (Making Your Site Awesome). [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.slideshare.net/myklroventine/the-nondesigners-guide-to-wordpress/23-Sidebar [Accessed 14 April 2016].
This slideshow from Mykl Roventine assisted me to understand how best to layout our digital artefact on WordPress. I wanted to find ways to make it more visually appealing, and this slideshow was the most helpful – looking at the overall design and how the smallest changes can make a big different. Particularly, his advice on colour and mixing unusual colours was a concept we took, as well as incorporating typography into our title, and it has created a site that does look different from stock standard visual concepts, and hopefully makes it more appealing.