I created two digital pieces that communicate the definitions of a pair of homographs (words that share the same spelling and pronunciation but differ in meaning). I used only the letters in the words, time, motion, sound, and interaction to communicate.
My heteronym is the word evening. I chose my 2 definitions to be:
- verb: to make or become even.
- noun: the time of the day between daytime and night or between sunset and bedtime. There is no precise definition in terms of clock time, but it is considered to start around 6 p.m. and to last until nighttime.
Communications Studio 2
- Spring 2018
- 1 month
Credits for Sounds:
Process Evening 1
My initial idea for evening 1 is to have the letters slightly uneven to begin with, and have them shift upwards and downwards on to the baseline as the user hovers the mouse over the letters.
The interaction feels bland and the interaction gimmicky. At this point I decide to explore the paper evening interaction instead. When I think of evening, I think of an unintentionally folded piece of paper. The interaction is evening/flattening/smoothing out the piece of paper.
Color Iterations. I eventually decided on a purplish blue to compliment the slight yellow tint of the paper. The blue is also more subdued in comparison to the wood grain texture, but still provided the right amount of contrast to the paper. The highly saturated pink and green both distracted from the interaction.
Process Evening 2
My idea for evening 2 is to have the background change color from afternoon colors to night time colors as the user clicks the screen. I timeline the interaction so that I know when things happen as the user interacts with my page. This is an inspiration board. I jot down fonts and color schemes that fit the word. I chose elegant serif fonts and afternoon and night time colors.
Challenge: When I tested Evening 2 without giving any instructions, many users clicked around the page without activating the interaction. I made activating the interaction more obvious by having the cursor change on hover.