Interface Design


Interface Design

The user interface for Flawed is one that establishes a basic, clean, simple and uncluttered space for the user. The user-centered layout of the space and lack of text is incredibly appropriate and suitable for the intended audience in that younger audiences tend to have not only a shorter attention span but also reduces the risk of distractions on the storyboard and therefore, focuses the viewer on the nature of the story as it unfolds rather than have the viewer themselves navigate around the space.

Whilst examining and exploring the space the first time, I found it to be quite simplistic and the horizontal menu buttons were quite easy to find and clearly labeled. By clicking on each button, I was able to quickly uncover and determine the different sections within the space and found all the information quite satisfactory in terms of establishing who the target audience was. Personally, I think that in terms of accessibility, I would suggest increasing the font sizes on the buttons to one or two points larger incase those with visual disabilities had trouble finding it.

From a more technical point of view, by relying on Flash to run the entire documentary, this narrows the chance of the user running into various problems associated with the standard HTML & CSS designed websites. In doing so, the only thing required by the user in order to access the site is have Flash installed.

When playing the video, the user is able to see the various different chapters within that story and the stages in which the narrator progresses through by hovering over the timeline. By enabling this video storyline and indicating specific markers on it, the viewer is able to skip ahead or go back to the different stages throughout the film if they so wish. By having this option, it allows the user to take a bit of control in terms of playback and watch the film at each user’s own individual pace.

Overall, the colourful interface was adapted quite well in order to reflect Dorfman’s role as an artist and storyteller. By using the storyboard as the layout for the documentary, she is able to visually engage the audience through the illustrations as a method of storytelling, and therefore helps the user visualize and determine the moods and messages being conveyed to them within each frame.


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