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Why don’t you RSA that!?

rsaanimate1RSA ANIMATE….a little bit of history!

Our movie will be based on the whiteboard style knowledge visualisation that RSA is renown for. RSA animate was first popularised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (hence the name RSA); a British non-profit dedicated to promoting theoretical and conceptual thinking. Starting in late 2009, RSA began to produce animates which were ‘hand-drawn’ in tandem with an audio file explaining an important theory or concept. This technique deemed to be extremely attractive and hence valuable for it gained the attention of millions of viewers online.

We decided to follow this tract for our video as it is not only informative but also interesting for the viewer to watch. Instead of flooding our audience with raw information we are providing them with visuals which will not only better help them understand our solution but also increase the uptake of the information. Furthermore, we were instructed by our tutor that our  proposition video should be multifunctional, also serving as a marketing campaign video.

So how are these videos made…?

This is exactly the same question that our group(s) asked when the RSA-style illustrations were being considered. We were a little worried that the skills required for such a video were not within the realm of our technical expertise ( no offense Kalvis, you are an awesome Technology Stewart 😀 )

The early animations were speeded-up camera recordings of live drawings. This means that person a would film person b doing live drawings. Although this might not seem very complicated is definitely requires much more precision and skill than now a days.

With today’s technology the process of animation has become far more refined; combing the art of drawing, filming, editing and computer animation all into one. Instead of having to draw everything ‘right’ the first time around (no pressure at all), technology has enabled us with the possibility to edit mistakes out of final works.

A widespread method of producing such videos is having the artist or artists in our case draw the animates first, and then shooting the hand erasing the line.The footage is then reversed, or run backwards to deliver the appearance of the comic being drawn flawlessly the first time.

  1. Here is an example from one of my favourite series!

The other (less fantastical) method is creating a digital sketch, which has the advantage of allowing the client to command refinements of the animation or movie sequence at any time in the process but the disadvantage of it looking less realistic. This method creates the same hand drawn images but without the hand as a prop (because it is  green-screened), making it look like an invisible wand is doing all the drawing.

    2. Here is an example of the other method:

Thats it for today folks….More to come soon!

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Why don’t you RSA that!?

rsaanimate1RSA ANIMATE….a little bit of history!

Our movie will be based on the whiteboard style knowledge visualisation that RSA is renown for. RSA animate was first popularised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (hence the name RSA); a British non-profit dedicated to promoting theoretical and conceptual thinking. Starting in late 2009, RSA began to produce animates which were ‘hand-drawn’ in tandem with an audio file explaining an important theory or concept. This technique deemed to be extremely attractive and hence valuable for it gained the attention of millions of viewers online.

We decided to follow this tract for our video as it is not only informative but also interesting for the viewer to watch. Instead of flooding our audience with raw information we are providing them with visuals which will not only better help them understand our solution but also increase the uptake of the information. Furthermore, we were instructed by our tutor that our  proposition video should be multifunctional, also serving as a marketing campaign video.

So how are these videos made…?

This is exactly the same question that our group(s) asked when the RSA-style illustrations were being considered. We were a little worried that the skills required for such a video were not within the realm of our technical expertise ( no offense Kalvis, you are an awesome Technology Stewart 😀 )

The early animations were speeded-up camera recordings of live drawings. This means that person a would film person b doing live drawings. Although this might not seem very complicated is definitely requires much more precision and skill than now a days.

With today’s technology the process of animation has become far more refined; combing the art of drawing, filming, editing and computer animation all into one. Instead of having to draw everything ‘right’ the first time around (no pressure at all), technology has enabled us with the possibility to edit mistakes out of final works.

A widespread method of producing such videos is having the artist or artists in our case draw the animates first, and then shooting the hand erasing the line.The footage is then reversed, or run backwards to deliver the appearance of the comic being drawn flawlessly the first time.

  1. Here is an example from one of my favourite series!

The other (less fantastical) method is creating a digital sketch, which has the advantage of allowing the client to command refinements of the animation or movie sequence at any time in the process but the disadvantage of it looking less realistic. This method creates the same hand drawn images but without the hand as a prop (because it is  green-screened), making it look like an invisible wand is doing all the drawing.

    2. Here is an example of the other method:

Thats it for today folks….More to come soon!

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3….2….1…..ACTION!

Its the final countdown….duh duh duhhhhhdadaduu!

The last two weeks have been hard on the SplitUnited. After writing and rewriting the storyboard and the script we finally go the ‘GO’ from our tutor Satish. Although it was slightly frustrating to hearing that our storyboard was not extinguished enough, I felt that it was a value lesson in how the design process with unravel in future professional careers. Designing will not be an easy one-time try process but rather a grueling step for step process which will involve the ‘GO’ from not only on individual but several, making the procedure that much more difficult.

Although I find success very important I find mistake even more important so I will delve into the mistakes we made whilst coming up with both our storyboard and script. Our first mistake was making a video with advice which was far too broad. Originally we wanted to give our NGO two channels of advice; the primer relating to website improvements and the former regarding how Constru Casa can utilise TWTICH ( a HUGE gamer platform) to raise awareness and money. When we showed our idea to Satish he told us that we should focus on one piece of advice; his argument was that we only have two minutes to give impactful and concise advice.

This suggestion (although very clever in retrospect) really ruffled our feathers. We felt that two advice-guidelines were crucial not only in the success of fulfilling the needs of  our NGO but also in fulfilling the two minute time limit requirement for our video. We felt that if we were to cut the websites advice and only focus on TWITCH we would not have enough information and hence our video would be to short. HA! Well isn’t that just what we needed to kick our butts and rethink our storyboard strategy?

This is when we started to PANIC….reaction animated GIF …….well no I’m kidding, but we did delve deeper into the 4 Ws and 1 H; WHERE, WHEN, WHAT, WHY, and HOW. Somehow, these Ws and single H freed us from giving superficial advice to providing Constru Casa with solid, powerful and innovative advice which we hope will  ‘WOW’ our audience!.

As Lucia and Bogdan said in their post we were not employing the talents and potential work effort that the Ducks have. Due to the unexpected drop out of the Duck’s Technology Steward we have been seeing a lot more of them lately; we have (due to this incident) become an unanimous group as opposed to two separate groups who are working for one NGO. One could say we are the SPLIT UNITED DUCKS….It has been really nice seeing the two groups collaborating so well! Since this week has been all about production, production, production I have made a table regarding key production actions.
Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 5.34.25 PM

Thats it for this week, see you in two :)

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3….2….1…..ACTION!

Its the final countdown….duh duh duhhhhhdadaduu!

The last two weeks have been hard on the SplitUnited. After writing and rewriting the storyboard and the script we finally go the ‘GO’ from our tutor Satish. Although it was slightly frustrating to hearing that our storyboard was not extinguished enough, I felt that it was a value lesson in how the design process with unravel in future professional careers. Designing will not be an easy one-time try process but rather a grueling step for step process which will involve the ‘GO’ from not only on individual but several, making the procedure that much more difficult.

Although I find success very important I find mistake even more important so I will delve into the mistakes we made whilst coming up with both our storyboard and script. Our first mistake was making a video with advice which was far too broad. Originally we wanted to give our NGO two channels of advice; the primer relating to website improvements and the former regarding how Constru Casa can utilise TWTICH ( a HUGE gamer platform) to raise awareness and money. When we showed our idea to Satish he told us that we should focus on one piece of advice; his argument was that we only have two minutes to give impactful and concise advice.

This suggestion (although very clever in retrospect) really ruffled our feathers. We felt that two advice-guidelines were crucial not only in the success of fulfilling the needs of  our NGO but also in fulfilling the two minute time limit requirement for our video. We felt that if we were to cut the websites advice and only focus on TWITCH we would not have enough information and hence our video would be to short. HA! Well isn’t that just what we needed to kick our butts and rethink our storyboard strategy?

This is when we started to PANIC….reaction animated GIF …….well no I’m kidding, but we did delve deeper into the 4 Ws and 1 H; WHERE, WHEN, WHAT, WHY, and HOW. Somehow, these Ws and single H freed us from giving superficial advice to providing Constru Casa with solid, powerful and innovative advice which we hope will  ‘WOW’ our audience!.

As Lucia and Bogdan said in their post we were not employing the talents and potential work effort that the Ducks have. Due to the unexpected drop out of the Duck’s Technology Steward we have been seeing a lot more of them lately; we have (due to this incident) become an unanimous group as opposed to two separate groups who are working for one NGO. One could say we are the SPLIT UNITED DUCKS….It has been really nice seeing the two groups collaborating so well! Since this week has been all about production, production, production I have made a table regarding key production actions.
Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 5.34.25 PM

Thats it for this week, see you in two :)

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Quality, not quantity. This is the way we roll, why be afraid of choosing the wrong decision or leading our footsteps down the wrong brick road. Endless hours, meetings, and blogs later, as a team we have managed to analyse every possibility to reach a clear conclusion. The ending chapter of our hard work in project community.

By using a technique which is as old as heartbreaks and simpler than plugging daisies in search of the clarifying “yes” or “no”. Swap the yes for the “pro’s” and the no for the “con’s” and there you have it. Weighing both sides of the story can speed up decision-making processes, and improve the understanding of the situation. You get to decide if it’s worth doing and how it will affect an organisation in the future. If the pros outweigh the consequences you’re ready to go!

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Our big blog post, by Emily and Lucía, Voilà!

Originally posted on :

Quality, not quantity. This is the way we roll, why be afraid of choosing the wrong decision or leading our footsteps down the wrong brick road. Endless hours, meetings, and blogs later, as a team we have managed to analyse every possibility to reach a clear conclusion. The ending chapter of our hard work in project community.

By using a technique which is as old as heartbreaks and simpler than plugging daisies in search of the clarifying “yes” or “no”. Swap the yes for the “pro’s” and the no for the “con’s” and there you have it. Weighing both sides of the story can speed up decision-making processes, and improve the understanding of the situation. You get to decide if it’s worth doing and how it will affect an organisation in the future. If the pros outweigh the consequences you’re ready to go!

A clear example The Split United had…

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websites, crowdfunding, and twitch, oh my! (our ideas for ConstruCasa)

WEEK FIVE

…have we already been at university for that long? This week we discussed our ‘final’ choices and decisions on how we want to help our NGO. After much consideration, the SplitUnited came to the conclusion that creating a crowdfunding profile, creating a twitch account and revamping the already informative ConstruCasa website are of main importance!

After making this decision, we decided that we should write a summary of what crowdfunding is, where the most donations go, and why it is important and successful!

So what is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding, which has exploded in the last decade has become a very popular form of realising solutions to problems through monetary contributions from a plethora of individuals via the internet. Instead of financing innovations through the traditional financial system ( loans from banks), crowdfunding is a form of alternative financing- allowing all individuals from any cultural, or socioeconomic background to present their ideas to the world of web-surfers. The crowdfunding model is powered by three actors: the innovator, the supporters and the platform which brings all three parties together and launches the product. 

Crowdfunding has reached a peek since its creation in 2006. In 2014 crowdfunding expanded by 167% ( raising $16.2 billion) and has nearly doubled again in 2015, raising an amazing amount of $34.4 billion. Interestingly enough, according to Statista, the most active and sponsored category within the crowdfunding world are social issues, contributing to 30% of all the fundings. Based on this information, which was quite a surprise to me and my group, we will utilise this source of funding and creating awareness.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 2.39.59 PM

The biggest advantage of crowdfunding is that ANYONE from ANYWHERE can support ANY project because they believe in the cause.

READY, SET, GO! THE STEPS IN CREATING A CROWDFUNDING PROFILE!

We found the YouCaring crowdfunding platform (www.youcaring.com) most useful and suitable for our NGO. It was founded in 2011, initially to help students to fundraise money to pay for their tuitions, but through the following 4 years it evolved and raised $ 281 million for individuals, communities and non-profits. It stands out from other competitive platforms because it’s free of charge. The only fee is the 2,9% and $0,30 per transaction taken by the donation processor.

Furthermore, creating a fundraiser is really easy – with just a few steps you can start fundraising: first you need to register at youcaring.com platform. You have the quick and easy option to create a profile by signing up to Facebook or by entering you name, email, and password.

After creating a profile…its simple; all you have to do is write an honest and heart warming story, upload interesting photos and wait for donators! :)

What makes a good website….

Website development and our ideas
After comparing HerFarmsNepal with the ConstruCasa website, we started to analyse how we can improve their website. The problem with the most non-profit websites is that they look unprofessional and hence shoo away their visitors. Our idea is to improve the total income of donations by creating a welcoming, user-friendly website.

We want to implement new sections within the website, a blog post, linking the social media to the website and so on. The ConstruCasa.org website is missing the footer section of what makes a successful website as well. In the footer section, there can be another column that can use with the latest stories and updates towards the help of the new visitors.

Why we want to do this

One of the most important platforms for any NGO is its website. If you want to be successful, you need a modern website. Over the last few weeks we have become acquainted with with WordPress, a multifunctional platform with endless possibilities. Every website built on WordPress platform is user friendly ( an important success factor!) There are five aspects of a user-friendly website: learnability, efficiency, memorability, errors, and satisfaction. By understanding these aspects, we can define what the term user-friendly means in terms of web design.

 

Learnability
This is how easily people can find your website. Can they find what they want easily? Can they understand the structure and the design? If someone can’t find what they were looking for they are more inclined to leave than to continue looking. The aesthetic, and modernity of a website is also of great importance as it suggests to the user that the given company has invested time, energy, and monetary value into it. You know the saying, ‘First impressions are everything’- well that is exactly how it works in the online world. In our modern age, websites are usually an individuals’ first expose and experience with a company. If a website is plain, ugly and outdated people will search for a website which presents the same information in a clean, tasteful way.

Efficiency

In addition to learning how your website works, visitors must be able to to do what they came to do quickly. Having a website that visitors can move through efficiently makes their experience much better. Long page loading times and too many pages on the path to your website’s goal can diminish the efficiency of your website. 

Memorability

If you have many return visitors to your website, memorability is very important. Maybe you are a printing company with a file upload system, maybe you have an important notifications portal on your website. Whatever your situation, you want people to be able to navigate and use your website quickly and easily each and every time. Avoid changing your website’s structure too often, don’t implement huge updates and changes to the system all at once if you don’t need to, and make sure you get feedback whenever you make a change.

Satisfaction

If your website is pleasant to use, your visitors will be satisfied. This means they are satisfied with your business, which is always a good thing. Make sure you are doing whatever you can to satisfy your users. By making your website focused on your visitors, your visitors will be much happier, giving you, in this case, more donations.

Every element is important in your website as stated earlier, but what makes it really memorable is the user friendly experience on the website. If someone’s aim is to donate money, they should be able to do it very fast, and as easily as possible.

Therefore, we believe ConstruCasa’s website needs a big mid-section button for donations. Maybe near the button, state the mission on a very basic argument, clean and modern. Let the visitors decide if they want to have a monthly subscription or just a one-time donation.

Keep all the visitors updated with your social media, with the help of a plugin installed on the new WordPress website. About the blogging part on the new website, our group was thinking that a blog post will be mandatory by each volunteer, to share their experience and post positive vibes about their time in Guatemala. Those things help a lot with the advertising and management of the new incoming possible donors.

Also the language barrier won’t be a problem, the easiest way to solve it is to install again, a plugin, that will copy your whole website, giving you the chance to edit everything in your own language. It is actually really simple.

WordPress templates that would work with ConstruCasa’s vision and mission:

Benevolence Template:

http://themes.wplook.com/benevolence/

Charitylife Template:

http://themes.wplook.com/charitylife/

Rise Template (you would really like this one):

http://wow-themes.com/demo/wp/rise/

Lots of love and happiness,

The SplitUnited

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Websites, crowdfunding, and twitch, oh my! (our ideas for ConstruCasa)

WEEK FIVE

…have we already been at university for that long? This week we discussed our ‘final’ choices and decisions on how we want to help our NGO. After much consideration, the SplitUnited came to the conclusion that creating a crowdfunding profile, creating a twitch account and revamping the already informative ConstruCasa website are of main importance!

After making this decision, we decided that we should write a summary of what crowdfunding is, where the most donations go, and why it is important and successful!

So what is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding, which has exploded in the last decade has become a very popular form of realising solutions to problems through monetary contributions from a plethora of individuals via the internet. Instead of financing innovations through the traditional financial system ( loans from banks), crowdfunding is a form of alternative financing- allowing all individuals from any cultural, or socioeconomic background to present their ideas to the world of web-surfers. The crowdfunding model is powered by three actors: the innovator, the supporters and the platform which brings all three parties together and launches the product. 

Crowdfunding has reached a peek since its creation in 2006. In 2014 crowdfunding expanded by 167% ( raising $16.2 billion) and has nearly doubled again in 2015, raising an amazing amount of $34.4 billion. Interestingly enough, according to Statista, the most active and sponsored category within the crowdfunding world are social issues, contributing to 30% of all the fundings. Based on this information, which was quite a surprise to me and my group, we will utilise this source of funding and creating awareness.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 2.39.59 PM

The biggest advantage of crowdfunding is that ANYONE from ANYWHERE can support ANY project because they believe in the cause.

READY, SET, GO! THE STEPS IN CREATING A CROWDFUNDING PROFILE!

We found the YouCaring crowdfunding platform (www.youcaring.com) most useful and suitable for our NGO. It was founded in 2011, initially to help students to fundraise money to pay for their tuitions, but through the following 4 years it evolved and raised $ 281 million for individuals, communities and non-profits. It stands out from other competitive platforms because it’s free of charge. The only fee is the 2,9% and $0,30 per transaction taken by the donation processor.

Furthermore, creating a fundraiser is really easy – with just a few steps you can start fundraising: first you need to register at youcaring.com platform. You have the quick and easy option to create a profile by signing up to Facebook or by entering you name, email, and password.

After creating a profile…its simple; all you have to do is write an honest and heart warming story, upload interesting photos and wait for donators! :)

What makes a good website….

Website development and our ideas
After comparing HerFarmsNepal with the ConstruCasa website, we started to analyse how we can improve their website. The problem with the most non-profit websites is that they look unprofessional and hence shoo away their visitors. Our idea is to improve the total income of donations by creating a welcoming, user-friendly website.

We want to implement new sections within the website, a blog post, linking the social media to the website and so on. The ConstruCasa.org website is missing the footer section of what makes a successful website as well. In the footer section, there can be another column that can use with the latest stories and updates towards the help of the new visitors.

Why we want to do this

One of the most important platforms for any NGO is its website. If you want to be successful, you need a modern website. Over the last few weeks we have become acquainted with with WordPress, a multifunctional platform with endless possibilities. Every website built on WordPress platform is user friendly ( an important success factor!) There are five aspects of a user-friendly website: learnability, efficiency, memorability, errors, and satisfaction. By understanding these aspects, we can define what the term user-friendly means in terms of web design.

 

Learnability
This is how easily people can find your website. Can they find what they want easily? Can they understand the structure and the design? If someone can’t find what they were looking for they are more inclined to leave than to continue looking. The aesthetic, and modernity of a website is also of great importance as it suggests to the user that the given company has invested time, energy, and monetary value into it. You know the saying, ‘First impressions are everything’- well that is exactly how it works in the online world. In our modern age, websites are usually an individuals’ first expose and experience with a company. If a website is plain, ugly and outdated people will search for a website which presents the same information in a clean, tasteful way.

Efficiency

In addition to learning how your website works, visitors must be able to to do what they came to do quickly. Having a website that visitors can move through efficiently makes their experience much better. Long page loading times and too many pages on the path to your website’s goal can diminish the efficiency of your website. 

Memorability

If you have many return visitors to your website, memorability is very important. Maybe you are a printing company with a file upload system, maybe you have an important notifications portal on your website. Whatever your situation, you want people to be able to navigate and use your website quickly and easily each and every time. Avoid changing your website’s structure too often, don’t implement huge updates and changes to the system all at once if you don’t need to, and make sure you get feedback whenever you make a change.

Satisfaction

If your website is pleasant to use, your visitors will be satisfied. This means they are satisfied with your business, which is always a good thing. Make sure you are doing whatever you can to satisfy your users. By making your website focused on your visitors, your visitors will be much happier, giving you, in this case, more donations.

Every element is important in your website as stated earlier, but what makes it really memorable is the user friendly experience on the website. If someone’s aim is to donate money, they should be able to do it very fast, and as easily as possible.

Therefore, we believe ConstruCasa’s website needs a big mid-section button for donations. Maybe near the button, state the mission on a very basic argument, clean and modern. Let the visitors decide if they want to have a monthly subscription or just a one-time donation.

Keep all the visitors updated with your social media, with the help of a plugin installed on the new WordPress website. About the blogging part on the new website, our group was thinking that a blog post will be mandatory by each volunteer, to share their experience and post positive vibes about their time in Guatemala. Those things help a lot with the advertising and management of the new incoming possible donors.

Also the language barrier won’t be a problem, the easiest way to solve it is to install again, a plugin, that will copy your whole website, giving you the chance to edit everything in your own language. It is actually really simple.

WordPress templates that would work with ConstruCasa’s vision and mission:

Benevolence Template:

http://themes.wplook.com/benevolence/

Charitylife Template:

http://themes.wplook.com/charitylife/

Rise Template (you would really like this one):

http://wow-themes.com/demo/wp/rise/

Lots of love and happiness,

The SplitUnited

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