Self-Initiated: Think Mobile Friendly Web-design

When thinking about the layout for the Hull Central redesign I needed to take into consideration the look of the chosen platform on mobile devices.

More and more frequently people are accessing information on the go on mobile phones and tablets so it is important that this be taken into consideration.

The current theme works okay however, if i’m honest is not the most inspiring website I have ever seen and would not choose to stay on there.

The theme I have chosen works well on mobile platforms:mobile 3

A ticket tape revolves across the top of the page for the headlines.

Featured stories are highlighted front and centre.

A hamburger to the side next to the social media icon allowing access to the contact and our team pages.

The scroll bar on the side takes the reader to other content or they are able to search for things of interest using the bar at the top.

 

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A New Look For A New Year at Hull Central

After hours of searching I have finally chosen a new theme for the Hull Central news site.

This was really hard to imagine so I made a brave choice to re-brand my own site as a kind of living dummy version.

This would allow me to physically see what the page would look like and how it would respond in a mobile format.

The theme chosen is called News Unlimited and it does as it says on the tin

To content on the dummy Hull Central website is my own, however it does give a clear indication of how it will look.

When deciding on the colours I took into consideration where we are based on opted for the orange theme as it connects with the HSAD colour, it is also really warm and inviting.

The layout is simple, yet clearly laid out making it easy for people to navigate.

Links will be included to social media feeds and other relevant locations.

The Our Team page will allow us as students to promote who we are and what we as individuals do.

In addition it allows the readers to put a face behind the words. This makes the whole site feel more personal and helps the readers connect with us.

 

 

Dissertation Planning Tips

As students we all use the library.

Like most I like to think that being half way through my second year, I’m pretty confident in finding the what I need.

Last week however out tutor arranged a specialist session with Chris out librarian. I went asking myself “is this really needed?”

The simple answer is yes! He explained that research is not just about knowing where to look for information, its about the way you think about  what you look for.

Lateral thinking is key, along with organising what you find.

After the class session I booked for a one and one meeting. I came out not only feeling positive about going forward, but excited.

Here are some tips on starting the planning and organisation process.

One Note: I love one note! It’s a one spot shop for keeping notes on everything

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It allows you to keep your research organised. You can easily copy links of articles that interest you or quickly note a thought.

Apps are available for all devices and online which sync up so no matter where you are, you can access what you need.

 

Key Words

Make a note of key words to search for.

This list should expand as your research grows.

If there are words which keep coming up make a note of it.

References

When using e-resources in the Uni library there will be the official Harvard citation available.

If you find something of interest dont just note the article note the citation as well. It will save time later

Keep an open mind

At this early stage don’t dismiss anything. We are told time and time again that our initial idea and final piece of work will probably be quite different.

Think Laterally 

The key will be to think laterally not literally. In reality there may not be exactly what you need, so break it down into sections then try and join the dots. It will also help with analysis.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

After seeing how much time my other half has given  to his research, and speaking to my tutors start the research as soon as you can. There’s not way it can be done with only weeks to spare.