Month: November 2013

Phoneblok is a fully customisable phone made up of detachable blocks which you fit together like lego. The phone is a concept idea at the moment, but the prototype is in progress to be developed. The idea of the phone is great, its supposed to be better for the environment than the phones today and upgradable to whatever you want out of your phone. So if you like music, you would be able to get rid of things that you wouldn’t want to use as much, such as a camera or wifi, to make space for larger speakers to be added, due to multiple companies making components to add to the phone.  Everything is plugged into the ‘base’ using small pins to connect the components.

Advantages to this phone would be that it would be a green phone, instead of throwing the whole phone away, you would just change the block you dont want anymore and recycle it. Since you change the blocks to what you want, the customisable aspect of the phone is endless, it makes the phone very personal to the owner.

Disadvantages to this phone would be that companies such as apple or samsung are already making a lot of money already from their own phones so may not see the need to create components for this new phone. The price is also a disadvantage as the single parts of a phone are expensive, such as the camera, speakers or processor. Another, is that the phone is very bulky, just by looking at the concept, it may be developed into a slim design when it is created, but this may make it less popular due to the slim designs of the already existing smart phones.

This a video of the idea for the phone and the campaign:


Creating my First Portfolio Website

I’ve been given a brief to create a portfolio website to show my work and this blog to be completed by January. Today(November 14th 2013) in my concept and ideation workshop i looked through some already existing portfolio websites for some inspiration. I found these sites interesting:

I like this site because its very simple, its pleasing to look at and to use. I like the the background is a dull grey colour and the work that is shown is bright and vibrant, this use of colour made me very interested in looking at what was being displayed because of the colours.

I also liked this website because of its minimalism. It also uses a dull boring coloured background and then brighter colours for the important parts. I also like how its all got the same sort of illustration style and design.

This website was one of my favourites that i looked at. I liked the interactivity that was on this website, although it was minimal i think it had a good effect. The page looks very fun which made me think that this must reflect his personality. I also liked how the navigation worked on this site, i thought that the way that everything comes up in popups was good as you could just close that popup and be back at the splash page without getting to lost in a portfolio.

I think the toke was the most interesting portfolio to look at, although the loading screen was a bit annoying and the scroll bar was quite difficult to navigate with.

I like how the work is presented on this site.

I really enjoyed viewing this portfolio as the corner would ‘peel’ and allow you to see some of the code and there was also a game of snake on top of his portfolio, although these features were fun i think they distract you from what you’re actually supposed to be doing on the site.

I have been finding this helpful because i have been able to get an idea of what i want it to do, what it will include and who will view it. I am now on my designing part of the project and i have started some pencil sketches of what the site should or could look like. I have been looking at tutorials online and found a good tutorial for a dragging element for my website, which i might use within my website:

I also had a look on: and looked at the codrops tutorials and downloaded a few different source files and messed around with them to see what i could create with them. By doing this i have self taught my self a lot of coding language and have improved greatly with it as now i’m more confident.