Amy Kan_Mlim 6323

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Final version of Interactive Visual Representation (Assignment 2)

Dear all,

After receiving feedback from our classmates about our final product, "Interactive Visual Representation", we have done some amendment as below,

1) increase the font size of the attraction's information
2) add the attraction websites to provide more information

Amy & Terence

Flash source file (fla) - tourist-attraction-revised.fla
(best viewed by 17" LCD monitor 1280 x 1024 resolution)

Flash Object Format (swf) - tourist-attraction-revised.swf

Flash Publishing Format (html) - tourist-attraction-revised.html
(best viewed by 17" LCD monitor 1280 x 1024 resolution)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A brief description on how our representation works

The purpose of designing this representation

Scanning the websites available, we find that there is not one from which we can search information about all the tourist attractions in Hong Kong. For the convenience of both the local and foreign tourists, it is essential to have a more comprehensive website in a visual and interactive format to introduce the sightseeing spots in Hong Kong. In recent years Hong Kong government has done a lot to attract tourists to visit Hong Kong, it is believe that a well designed visual interactive representation could help. This project is just in an initial stage to bring out this crucial and workable idea. This time we have decided to introduce four most popular Hong Kong attractions, the Ocean Park, the Disneyland Hong Kong, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and the Giant Buddha. Undoubtedly, there are many other attractions which are worth visiting. Perhaps we can add some more into the representation in a later stage.

The Use of the representation

This interactive visual representation is mainly designed for communication of information. Target users are able to get information they need from this representation. We try to make it more user-friendly. Users just need to have a few clicks to get information needed.

This representation can also be used as a reference material for teaching and learning. For instance, when students are asked to write an essay or do a project to introduce tourist attractions in Hong Kong or to plan a trip in Hong Kong, they may collect useful information from this representation. Though it is not the main aim of this design, we believe that it may help in learnig in a certain extent.

The functionality of the representation

Through this interactive visual representation tourists can get information about each attraction on five main areas. They should first choose an attraction they would like to visit by clicking the picture. Then the picture chosen will be highlighted with a RED frame. At the same time, five icons appear at the bottom representing " Historical Briefing", "Entry Fee", "Opening Hours", "Ticket Booking" and "How to get there". They may put the mouse on one of the five icons to get information they need. Then certain relevant information will pop up. The design is simple enough for all kinds of visitors who want to know more about tourist attractions in Hong Kong.

Reflection

As we have mentioned above, this representation is just in an initial stage. With our limited IT skills and due to time constraint, we are sure that there is still room for improvement. For example, more tourist attractions and information icons can be included in the representation. Based on our idea, we hope that the organizations and departments concerned can develop it further in future.

Final interactive visual representation

Dear all,

Here is our final interactive visual representation project. Please comment.


Web Publishing Format (html)


Flash Object Format (swf)



A revised version of our project

After reading comments from our classmates, Terence and I decided to improve our project by making it a bit simpler, but we will keep the ideas of introducing Hong Kong tourist attractions. This time we just focus on four major tourist attractions which we think tourists should not miss when visiting Hong Kong, though there are many sightseeing spots throughout 19 districts in Hong Kong. We have picked up Ocean Park, Disneyland Hong Kong, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and Giant Buddha.

Anyway, due to time constraint, we could only develop our project further to include more attractions in future.Here is the revised prototype of our final project. Please comment.


This is the entry screen. You may select
any one of the four attractions.


After clicking on the photo, its frame
will be highlighted in RED.
Five icons will appear.

An example for Giant Buddha.


The screen for choosing Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.


The sreen for opting Ocean Park.


Putting your mouse on the icon of Historial Briefing,
relevant information will pop up.



You may put your mouse on the icon of Entry Fee,
it will tell you how much you need to pay for.



One of the icons will show you its Opening Hours.



If you consider Booking Ticket, just put
your mouse on this icon.



You may even get information about
How to get there.