Final Project – Globe Trotting on The Web
For my final project, I wanted to play with travels. I created an experience where the user can navigate the world and obtain a vague idea of each country’s essence. In my web-based art project, I signaled out typical features of my chosen nations. By reaching out to friends and asking for footage, advice, and input, I managed to gain an understanding of each site’s traditional features and distinctive habits.
The project itself consists of a globe where the user inputs the airport code of the country they want to explore. Thereafter, the user is led into the homepage of that site where he can choose between “Food”, “City” and “Night”. The first category describes the typical foods of the site while the second plays a video of the city’s main landmarks. Finally, the latter takes the user to a video of the city’s nightlife.
In terms of chosen locations, the locations featured on my map were the ones I originally got footage of from friends and family. Thereafter, due to layout issues (it was very difficult to create a consistent layout with videos filmed with different devices) I chose to recur to YouTube Videos to create more coherent videos that would easily adapt to the layout of the locations.
The project itself is organized in a way that the user has absolute freedom to navigate from the home page (the globe) to the locations’ main pages, to their videos, then either back to the home page or to the site’s main website.
All in all, I am very satisfied with how the project turned out. However, if I were to do something different, in the future I would prefer to get original footage from each location as opposed to using borrowed videos from the browser. To carry this out, I would have to either assist these places myself or require volunteers to provide me with videos of a specific minimum quality.