Creative Hive - projects
Re-purposing books to produce an interesting and personal gift has become a great interest of mine at the moment.
Birthdays, weddings and births have all been very popular and I continue to develop my techniques as I get requests for more complex patterns.
See some of my latest book art here.
Hope you all enjoyed your Easter vacation! It’s been quite a while since I last posted a blog and I am hoping this blog is one you will find interesting.
Within this blog I am have mentioned what I have learnt during the principles of systems development lectures which had taken place in week 8 and 9. I also looked back on what we had learnt in weeks 6 and 7 which consisted of the ‘Waterfall Life Cycle’ and the ‘Prototype Life Cycle’. These were analysed in a more in depth way in terms of the stages.
The two learning outcomes within this lecture were based on;
- Being able to understand the analysis and design of an information system
- Understanding the relationship of an information system to a wider business context.
As mentioned in my previous blog, the ‘Waterfall Life Cycle’ is the basic lifecycle which breaks project down into stages which need to be completed and marked off before continuing to the next stage. I found out that the Feasibility Study seeks to answer three questions:
- Is the system technically feasible – will it work?
- Is the system financially justified – can we afford it?
- Is the system ethically acceptable – should we do it?
I was also told what should be included in the Feasibility Study / Report. It should outline the system that has been proposed, give a technical summary of the equipment and the software, it should also include a project plan and a cost-benefit analysis. We continued to go in depth with all the stages of ‘Waterfall Life Cycle’ and then moved on to doing the exact same for the ‘Prototype Life Cycle’.
We then proceeded onto doing a group exercise in which we were asked to organise a University graduation ceremony which was expected to take place at the Lowry centre in the summer. In small groups we had to identify 3 systems that would be beneficial in such an event and apply the principles of either the ‘Waterfall Life Cycle’ and the ‘Prototype Life Cycle’ stages to the systems chosen.
The learning outcomes for this week are the exact same for the learning outcomes in the lecture held in the previous week. I learnt that the implementation of an information system consists of the following stages;
- Project planning
- Production or procurement of software/programming
- Testing within the project team and with the users
- Maintenance of the system
‘Programme Evaluation and Review Technique’ (PERT) is one method that can be used to chart project activities, it uses “critical path analysis” evaluation and review techniques. We also talked about Gantt charts, which can be used to represent the project plan. It could be constructed from the PERT chart and can be used to show the allocation of resources and tract the progress against the plan.
After looking at various Gantt charts, we looked into ‘Testing’. This is defined as checking that the software works through the submission of test data and also checking that the results achieved meet the expectations. We looked into the various methods of testing which include;
- Module testing
- Link testing
- Systems testing
- Acceptance testing
There you have it! All of the things that I learnt briefly summarised for you all!
This project is an App designed for sports fitness and is currently a work in progress. I have currently joined an existing team with my Advanced Web Design lecturer (Alex Fenton) and some of my colleagues on my University course. My role as Head of IT security & strategy is to ensure the project can handle rigorous testing and is robust enough to handle a number of users simultaneously and also ensure that all user data is kept safely and securely.
Teach4U: October 2014 - January 2015 (www.teach4u.co.uk)
Teamed up with colleagues on my University course as part of a Tech competition to create an innovative idea which was an App aimed to connect nursery teachers and help plan lessons as well as create a collaborative discussion dashboard.
We entered into Competition and were chosen as part of the final 6 to pitch at Media City UK in which we were unsuccessful to gain the 1st place title, but we managed to attract intrigued investors.
Colleagues of mine that were involved with the project with me are below:
Dean Jay rigby - www.deanrigby.wordpress.com
Hakeem Akparibo - www.hakeemakparibo.co.uk
Muhammed Zaulifqar - www.muhammedzaulifqar.co.uk
The aim of this project was to produce a Digital Artefact for Dig-It-Tell School Care Services (a made-up company), to train staff in schools about a specific area of information security as they started to adopt biometric security. This had to include; legislations, security standards, risks and all scenarios that could help explain the topic clearly to a non-technical audience and provide guidance on what employees should do to anticipate and / or address the issue. I decided to use Prezi and showed all my research and knowledge that I gathered which can be seen in the presentation below:
Missguided: December 2014 - January 2015 (www.missguided.co.uk)
During Christmas time, the company had a review of the current processes and were in need of an update. I analysed the existing process and managed to figure out a more secure and more efficient method to handle online fraud checks for customers to reduce chances of fraud and to ensure that customer's orders are processed as smoothly as possible.
Additionally, I introduced a well structured Courier Queries process to handle missing parcels in the quickest way possible including launching investigations directly with couriers and tracing missing parcels to try and balance high quality with speed in order to establish positive relationships between the company, the courier service and the customers.
Almond Solicitors: July 2014 - August 2014 (www.almondsolicitors.co.uk)
After obtaining a summer placement for IT support, my web design talent was worked upon when I re-created the Almond Solicitors website. This was my first WordPress site I created and this enabled to me dabble in PHP coding. This was a professional website which I hand-coded and linked to a sub-domain for optimisation for mobile devices. The reason I didn't use an existing theme was due to the number of different customisations each page needed so these were all hand coded by myself.
I also added contact forms for potential Personal Injury clients which helped increase online leads and website traffic. I also updated social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Google+ using Hoot-suite which helped manage the different channels more efficiently. Adding to this, my IT support role has rigorously tested my project management skills as I have handled multiple issues in a organised manner and resolved each one to a high standard. Networking skills including Servers, Routers and switches have also been part of my role. I am currently in the process of optimizing the SEO on the website to help increase visitors further and increase the company's online presence.
Halifax Cars: June 2014 - July 2014 (www.hxcars.co.uk)
After building a few websites, my web coding skills were pushed further when I had to learn basic PHP to make a site that could be easily updated and maintained by the site owner. This was done by adding an Advanced Custom Fields plugin and I PHP coded the relevant pages to echo what an admin user would input into the corresponding field within the back-end database.
Salford Lads Club: June 2014 (www.salfordladsclub.org.uk)
After positive feedback from the Princes Park Garden Centre, I was tasked with aiding administrative tasks for the office to make them more organised and much quicker. I analysed the current process that was being used and looked into how each task could be made more efficient thus saving unnecessary workload. I ended up implementing a custom Excel formatted Macro sheet to enable the employees to generate letters instantly and to calculate bills (with and without VAT). I also explained the best methods of archiving old data and keeping new data in suitable folders for ease of access. This was another successful project which helped improve overall satisfaction and helped increase productivity within the workplace.
Enterprise Rent-a-car: February 2014 - May 2014 (www.enterprise.co.uk)
We worked as a team in Project Management to write a Business proposal on how Enterprise Rent-a-Car could create and implement a National Training Programme for 4,500 employees in the North West from start to finish.
This project ensured that I utilised my project management skills as I prioritised tasks in order of importance as well as creating a risk assessment alongside a budgeting plan.
In the final presentation to the Enterprise Rent-a-Car employee, he took our ideas aboard as we got the highest mark compared to the other 15 teams as we covered every area within the project. The reason we were not given full marks was because "There is always room for improvement in Project Management!"
Jekyll & Hyde: April 2014 (www.jekyllandhyde.co.uk)
After fellow colleagues had trouble re-designing a website for a clothing company, they asked me to assist and so I took over this project completely and hand-coded the whole website according to the owner's specification. This was another successful project which was introduced from University of Salford Business School.
Princes Park Garden Centre (PPGC) was an organisation with very little technical knowledge. The main factor that helps this organisation differentiate itself from others is that they employ a large number of disabled people with all types of illnesses to help uplift their spirits and allow them to show that they are capable of working. This was truly inspiring for me and other colleagues of mine who volunteered to help them reach a wider digital audience.
My role was to analyse the current use of social media and the traffic on their existing website. After showing all the recommendations that were required, I began to work on target keywords that needed to be implemented and worked on brand new designs for the website. I also integrated social media with the website and updated it regularly to show how this positively impacted website traffic. Marketing leaflets and posters were also designed to promote the PPGC as it was not easily noticeable to passers by. As a result, this increased the number of customer and online visitors for the organisation which helped provide extra income for them as they were just getting by with funding from Salford City Council.
After working with the people at PPGC, I felt truly inspired and felt more positive about my own capabilities as I was able to uplift the spirit of so many disabled people who relied on me which made all the hard work worthwhile.
Salford Disability Forum Ltd: November 2013 - February 2014 (www.salforddisabilityforum.co.uk)
Alongside the Princes Park Garden Centre and studying in my Second year at University of Salford, I also volunteered to help out the Salford Disability Forum by providing a wide variety of ideas to improve their website and their social media networks to help channel more visitors and try to enhance the audience they currently receive.
This was also successful as it helped me learn and also teach interpersonal skills to those I worked with during the course of the project.
UK Debt Control: November 2013 - January 2014 (www.ukdebtcontrol.co.uk)
Working for a start-up Debt management company, I was provided with the full responsibility of developing the website to make it stand out and be clear to potential customers. I used web design skills that I learnt at University (HTML & CSS) and ensured that I took a user-centered design into account to give customers the best potential experience they would receive on a website.
I also utilised my skillset in Microsoft Office, in particularly MS Excel. I designed and fully implemented a fully functioning CMS from scratch which safely stored clients’ details as well as providing features to help save the company hours of manual labour including very complex calculations, keeping track of payments and also generating automatic letters to debtors and clients.
Produce a viable business idea to be presented to module tutor by the end of the year, working in a group of 6. Our idea was essentially to improve and innovate the average household appliances by introducing wireless charging which can help reduce use of wires and allow appliances to be moved where required without taking plug socket locations into account.
Another advantage to was reduce energy bills as there would be a solar powered plate built into the roof which would have one main conductor that powers the rest of the appliances.
How may you ask was our product innovative? our USP, wirelessly powered devices by embedding Wi-Tricity's technology within our products.
We found this project to not only be valuable, but also enjoyable as it tested our interpersonal skills as well as how each of us worked within a team effectively and the roles we carried out to make this project a success.
• I used to answer customers phone calls and helped them with troubleshoot of their computers
• Helped the client to repair faulty computers and install new software
• Using the back door of the computer to help the client if troubleshoot advice didn’t worked
• Managing Bolton council servers
• Backing up data
• Replaced tapes from the servers
• Refurbishing the computer and connecting to the network
• Creating Leaflets for Open Day Events
• Creating Posters for Special Events (Fundraising, Open Day, Sponsored Walks)
• Assist in the design of Masjid Website
• Maintained Local Masjid Website
• Hand Deliver Leaflets in All types of Weather
• I assisted on open days where attendees of the masjid ask question regarding their local masjid, provide feedback and I show them round the building
Engaging with different businesses
• Negotiating prices with businesses, making sure the chemist could make the optimal profit
• Supported other employees and team members
• Packing medicine
• Ordering products from different suppliers
• Dispensing Medicine
• Delivering Medicine to Clients
The aim of this project was integrating new technologies and social marketing.
• I managed the group and delegated tasks.
• A set time frame was fixed where tasks would need to be completed.
• I kept in close contact with the client (Amanda) and made sure that we outperformed expectations.
• I worked closely with each member on the project and we provided recommendations and consulted Bents on how they can build a strong digital presence and market their products through digital technology such as Twitter, Instagram, Vine, YouTube, Pintrest and Facebook.
This assignment was one of my favourite. The idea was to picture the view of Nude photography.
I had an opportunity to develop my skills in studio throighoit experiencing with different light settings. Also it was a challange for me because I never been doing Nude photography before.
I also was doing research about range of different printing methods such as darkroom techniques as we had to demonstrate and perform as much interesting and creative work using range of digital image resources such as working in darkroom to manufacture photograms which is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light.
Considering on different aspects of nude photography I was looking at presentation meaning of nude photographs, wherein artists are inspired to create their work? What’s the subject? Where does art stops and porn starts? What’s the barrier between Art and Porn? What does Nude mean?
My fianal images I took in studio.
I am currently working on a Photographic Portfolio that consists of Architecture in my Professional Frameworks photography module at university. The imagery will be part of my professional practice for the future and something that I intend to build upon as time goes by. The intentions are to photograph the structures as they are from a commericial point of view as that is where I would like to end up in my career.
International Markets and Contexts Project
For the first part of this assignment the class got put into groups four as we are going to we are going to act as the curators of a photography festival. The first step was to research various different worldwide festivals that are not based in the UK. Each person was set a task to research about the different venues, themes, exhibitors, dates, times and general atmosphere at the festivals. The second step was to define a theme for the whole group to work around and base the fictional future festival on. We chose fairytales there and then as we felt that that was the best one for us all. The third step was to research existing practitioners who have produced work that could fit into our chosen theme of exhibition. The fourth step was to pick a photographer and their work that relates to the theme and each write a 500 work critique on this body of work. We discussed the photographers with each other so we didn’t chose the same person. The fifth step was to each produce a whole new body of work that would be exhibited under the chosen theme resulting in 6 images but one of these images has to be mounted and framed. The finale step was to write a 500 word critique of our own newly produced work for the fictional festival.
I did masterclass with Michael Hart using natural light. I really enjoyed it and it helped me to learn something new.
I have been tasked wth building a physical portfolio, I have opted for a portfolio book. the book measures at 12x12" this way i can have many page spreads which will measure at 12x24" which is an excellent size for wide angle shots. I have many wide angle shots for my portfolio these are going to be page spreads. there will be 15 images all togeather i have made a few mistakes when I first tried compiling my portfolio I didnt really think about my target audience, now i have regrouped and decided to go back to basics and play on my strengths. I love street photography and when I capture street images it is evident within my shots.
I have since completed this project, I was exploring synonimical meanings of submergered, i found that I could relate submerged to life on the streets, as it means hidden or out of view. I decided to undertake an documentary style peice of work, where i would ask different homeless people a series of three basic questions, such as what led youy to this point in life? how long have you been on the streets? Whats your biggest problem at the moment? With these answers i was going to write a short quote on the images, the results were really good, i was quite impressed with what i had accomplished.
Team up with colleagues students to create an innovative idea called http://www.finderskeeper.co.uk/ .The whole idea was to create an app for pet owner where the can track there lost pet by a Qr Code collar tag.
Finder's Keeper's is a service that allows you to imprint a unique QR code onto a cat or dog tag.The app will allow the user to add their own personal information such as contact details and also the information of their pets.