In advertising and when designing websites, lots of research goes into determining exactly how to place specific items onto the page, photo, advertisement in order to determine the best layout.
Stores do this physically, by putting high-demand items (such as milk or perishables) towards the back of the store. Walt Disney did this when he decided that his new theme park needed a “weenie” in the center of the park to act as a magnet, ultimately drawing visitors towards the Castle that’s become a centerpiece of each of the Disney parks to date.
So while it’s easy to determine traffic patterns when people are walking around, how to businesses determine what makes a good print or online layout?
Jirka Väätäinen is a Finnish design student at Bournemouth, and he wants to be very clear that his name is pronounced “Yirka”, not “Jerk-a”.
Web Watch has no reason to quibble with him on this, as he’s doing some phenomenal work on RE-IMAGINING DISNEY PRINCESSES as if they were real-life people.
Sure, we’ve seen some other examples of this with live models, but Jirka is taking a slightly different approach on this with his photo-realistic, manipulations that are designed to showcase what the Disney Princess would look like as an actual person.
Not a cartoon caricature, but really-for-real people.
Do you remember the classic TV show, MAN FROM ATLANTIS?
It featured an actor with webbed fingers and toes, able to swim deep into the ocean to solve crimes. Our recollection is that he had gills and could breath underwater like Aquaman, but there’s been a lot of alcohol in our system since then so we may be confusing two different characters.
Whenever Web Watch goes on a trip – say to Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, San Francisco… wherever – we are completely dumbfounded by all the tourists and families who are trying to get “that perfect shot”.
They group their people together on one side of the walkway, then expect the entire crowd to stay out of the way while you compose the shot.
Have you ever been trying to get from Point A to Point B at any of these touristy spots without having to constantly stop to be courteous to these photo hounds? We’ve gotten to the point where we say, “Screw it – they’re using a digital camera or their phone, they can take another shot” and we walk right through the photo opp. We’ve got place to be, folks – so let us move on and get out of your way. Continue reading HOW TO TAKE PROFESSIONAL PICTURES OF YOUR FAMILY WITHOUT PAYING FOR A PROFESSIONAL→
Web Watch, like many of you, loves to take vacation photos. We all do it, in part, as a way to remember where we’ve been and seen, but also to capture those moments that we can later reflect upon as being relaxing, happy times with special someones.
Of course, as we review our own vacation photos, they mainly end up being about the food we ate rather than the places we went. C’est la vie.
Who doesn’t love to see how movie magic is made behind the scenes?
Web Watch has wandered a few movie and television sets of our own, and are constantly surprised at how simple and poorly-constructed some of the sets and facades are when seen in person and up-close. They don’t call it “movie magic” for nothing.