final work / interactive book concept / Borges’ Labyrinths

To wrap up the work presented on this blog, my final presented video mockup of the concept:

Borges’ Labyrinths on Vimeo. (c) Fiona Learned 2011.

The other main component of this project was the promotional and concept work, much of it contained in this blog.

Presenting this work to my project supervisor and assessment panel wrapped up my degree in Visual Communication at UTS (with First Class Honours!).

PS. Thanks for the link! (That’s what happens when you upload a video to Vimeo then forget all about it…)

PPS. I’m keen to keep blogging about some of the ideas I come across on this topic; and maybe also a bit on projects and their genesis. Stay tuned!


project definitions

or: what am I trying to do in Major Project?

It changes everytime I tell people.

When I tell too many people in a short space of time, I forget and think I’ve already told them everything.

I am working with digital storytelling in an e-book/app or interactive format, using typography, photography and other typo/graphic devices to express a short story/excerpt/poem that emphasises the power of ‘the story’ or ‘the book’, irrespective of genre. The aim is to explore the potential of the digital story, as compared to that which already exists in experimental books/printed stories; showcase my skills and extend them; express the power of ‘the book’ to remind, inspire and intrigue existing or new readerships (digital natives, literature readers).

Potential texts I’m thinking of using as a basis or excerpt for my interactive story are:

  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Book thief – Markus Zusak
  • Leaving Home – Garrison Keillor (or other excerpts)
  • The Library of Babel – Jorge Luis Borges
  • Prufrock – TS Eliot
  • Another short story I have not yet found – currently reading ‘Stories’ edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

Background reading of books and short stories has/will include The Collected Works of T.S. Spivet (Reif Larson), People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks), The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde), The Best Australian Short Stories 2003 (ed. Peter Craven).

Activities this week have included:

I’m promising: a better visual representation for next week; a decided upon text with background research, and visual ideas; some visually represented thoughts about technical/interactive possibilities; 2 more interesting blog posts about the books I’ve read; an interesting and relevant link to a TED talk; things that are more visually poetic, including a custom header image for the blog.

the unbearable usefulness of blogs

I’m digital. You’re digital.

I forget to write notes in my sketchbook about ‘what I’m thinking of’ and ‘reflections of major project’.

Blogging last semester was a really good way of developing critical thinking about my research and design project, and it was invaluable in keeping me on track. Unfortunately, the title of the blog should have been more conducive to ongoing study and research/design blogging. I chose the specificity of it to focus myself and not allow sidetracks. And now, that means I need a new one. Here we are!

It’s nice to be back. I will be blogging through my Major Project in Visual Communication (Design) at UTS this semester, and hope this can help me get over the first brick wall I’ve hit, which is STARTING AT ALL.

Let’s begin.