Friday, August 18, 2006

Final Interactive Visual Representation (Assignment 2) - revised version based on classmates feedback

Dear Daniel and Classmates,

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

1) amend the font size of attraction's information to increase its visibility
2) add the attraction websites to provide more information for users

Terence and Amy

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)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A brief description on how the representation works

A brief description on how the 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 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 more tourists to visit Hong Kong, it is believed that a well designed visual and interactive representation could help. This project is just in an initial stage trying 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 they want.
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 learning 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 the tourist attractions in Hong Kong.


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 the organizations and departments concerned can develop it further in future.


Terence & Amy

Monday, August 14, 2006

Final Interactive Visual representation (Assignment 2)

Dear Daniel and classmates,

Please find our final internative visual representation project as shown below, and please kindly comment.

flash object format (swf)

web publishing format (html)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Revised prototype of our final product

Dear Daniel and classmates,

Please find our revised prototype and kindly comment.

Terence and Amy

The first one is our entry screen and you could "select" any attraction you want. After selecting your desired attraction, it will highlight with RED color, put the mouse "on" at any function that you want. It will prompt up your desired information. These functions include "Historical Briefing", "Entry Fee", "Opening Hours", "Ticket Booking" and "How to Get There".

Reflection on how to improve the final product (based on some feedback from classmates)

Dear Danial and Classmates,

After getting some comment from our classmates, Amy and I decide to make our project a bit simple, but we will keep the same ideas of this "tourist attraction" project. Our main idea is to attract more tourists/visitors outside Hong Komg to learn more of our major attractions. It is understand that there are many attraction (e.g. 18 districts and attractions). we will emphasis four major attractions in our project. It is believed that the majority of tourists/visitors would not miss these attractions.

They are Ocean Park, Disneyland Hong Kong, Giant Buddha, and Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

We may consider extend this project to include more attractions after the end of this module.


Terence and Amy

The revised prototype (based on feedback) are shown in the following blog and please kindly comment.