PDF 1 & 2 – Print screens of Link Testing




The print screens above show that the link to the video works



The print screens above show that the link to the video works



Survey questionnaire – PDF 1 & 2

I showed four people PDF 1 & 2 and asked them to complete the questionnaire below so that I could get an idea of what users think of the educational PDF’s and to make improvements.

What do you think the purpose of the PDF’s are?


Informing / educating.


Educating / informing.

Do you feel the tone of the type used in the PDF’s is correct for educational purposes?

Yes, because it is factual.


Yes, because it is informative


How do you find the visual aesthetics of the PDF’s?

Good because the text is easy to read, there are a few images and a video. The images are placed above the print which is not distracting when reading.

Professional and informative



Which colour background do you think suites the PDF’s best – old fashioned paper, pale blue or white?

White – looks more professional and educational


Pale blue


Do you think the ratio of images to text is appropriate?





Do the links work?

No, the definition for the words did not work but this will be correct on Friday

No as above

No as above

No as above but the videos did work

What did you enjoy most about the PDF’s?

The information was factual with dates, names etc. There were images as well as a video to watch at the end.

The videos at the end.

The information and the fact that there were interactive features such as pictures, videos as well as link to explain certain word (when it is made to work).

The layout

What did you enjoy the least about the PDF’s?





From the results I can see that the users understood that my PDF’s were educational and about the history and future of printing. They found the tone professional and factual which was what I was aiming for. They also liked the aesthetics of the site and thought that I had got the image to text ratio correct, they also enjoyed the digital media used by having text, images as well as videos, (sound and moving images), and links to explain certain words which were in blue which will be working by Friday. They enjoyed the layout and found the information easy to understand and read.

I am pleased with the comments, but I am going to get feedback from my lecturers as well, so I can make my PDF’s as appealing as possible. From the comments above I will use a white background for my PDF’s.



Draft 4 for PDF 1 & 2


Draft 4 PDF 1


Draft 4 PDF 2

I changed the background to white. I will get opinions from other people to see if they like the parchment paper colour background, pale blue background or white background before making my final decision. I think the white is the best even though it looks plain the text and images pop better on the white background. I think the white back ground gives the PDF a more formal feel. The PDF is for educational purposes, so I think the white will help the user focus on the text and images. The video will add sound and moving images to the PDDF making it interactive for the user.  I will discuss the PDF’s in more detail when I blog about my final PDF’s.



Draft 3 for PDF 1 & 2


Drafft 3 pdf1


Draft 3 PDF 2

I changed the background to pale blue which I find easier to read than on the old-fashioned paper style background. I will get other peoples opinions on what they think before making my final decision on what colour background to use. I highlight the words that when clicked on, the meaning of the word will come up on the screen. I am going to have to research how to do this. Once I have the link working I will show it in a separate blog.



Draft 2 for PDF 1 & 2


Draft 2 pdf 1 & 2



I corrected the headings in PDF 1 to be the same as PDF2. I also changed the way I had laid out the images in PDF 2 to be the same format as PDF 1. I laid out the video links in the same way on both PDF’s and I made sure the links are working, I will show this in another blog using print screens. On PDF 1 I added a line between the images and text the same as PDF 2 for consistency and to make it look more balanced.

I think these changes have improved the PDF’s by making them look consistent and professional. I will now change the colour background to help me decide which colour background will suit the purpose of the PDF’s which is educational and so the PDF’s need to be easy to read. To help me decide I will get feedback from different people before making my final decision. I will show the results form this survey in another blog.


Lightmaker task

We were asked to design a website home page to coordinate with Lightmaker’s main website. Someone from Lightmaker discussed what was needed.

The first thing we did was to get an image of a car and show how we would adapt the car so that disabled people would be able to drive it. Below is an image of the car I adapted. I faded the passenger door and using a hand drawn tool I showed how I would have a long lever that that could be operated by hand for the accelerator and brake. I also placed all the buttons and levers that would be used on one side of the steering wheel if the driver only had one hand. I lowered the seat to make it easier for the driver to get in and out of the car if they were in a wheel chair.


I then designed my home page, about injured soldiers who took part in motor car racing, which is shown below. I did this using a table format with boxes because I was going to discuss this at the end of the day when presenting my ideas. On the left-hand side of the tool box / header I placed the logo as a symbolic symbol so that the user will recognise that they are on Lightmaker’s website. In the middle I placed Olympic rings because my site was about disabled racing car drivers and racing cars which would be taking part in the Olympic games and Invictus. The Olympic rings are symbolic of competitive sport. Then on the right I place a box for the navigation tab. Below this I placed a large box in the centre which would have a racing car that had been adapted for disabled racing car drives. The car would be shown in separated parts to show the user how the car had been adapted. In smaller boxes I would place images of the three racing drives. I arranged the boxes in a similar way to resemble the Olympic rings – indexical theory.


Once we had completed our designs we then presented the design to the person from Lightmaker and the class discussing our ideas.


Draft 1 for PDF 1 &PDF 2

PDF 1 draft 1

PDF 2 draft 1

I have been asked to design two interactive PDFs that will be part of an online encyclopaedia about technological innovation. After doing research into the history of technological innovation I chose to do my PDFs on the printing press. I was told that the title had to be Innovations: a critical history and that one PDF had to be about my topic before 1920and the other about the present / future.

I chose to use the same style typeface for both my PDFs, same layout for the titles, same background and I also laid my images, type and video in the same style so that they are consistent, and that the user can recognise that the PDFs are both from the same educational company – symbolism and continuity.

I have tried to show the user that my PDFs are about the printing press because of the way I have used images which show what the PDF is about. I have also used upper case for my headings and underlined them so that they stand out and it is what you notice first from the text. I have placed the two images below the headings to hale the user and encourage them to read the article.

The intended audience would be anyone interested in learning about the printing press before 1920 and in the present / future. It is aimed at people in secondary school and above because of the style I have written the article. I have included dates, names and references to make the article interesting and educational. The style of type I have used is factual because these are educational PDFs.

I have used plain typeface for the content of the PDF so that it is easy to read, and the typeface is black so that it stands out on the “old fashioned style “colour background. I will get other people’s opinions on the PDFs, I may change the colour background to see if it would be easier to read but I chose this colour as the title is about “the history…” and so I want to give the impression of looking back.

I have used two images that I have placed next to each other of Gutenberg’s Press for PDF 1 and 3D printing for PDF2 so that the user can see what the printing looked like and to have another form of digital media. I placed them next to each other and at the top of the page to hale the user and encourage them to read the article, then follows the text and at the bottom of the page I have a link to a video about the history of the printing press for PDF1 and 4D printing for PDF2. This will allow the user to experience different forms of digital media – images, text, moving images as well as sound and so I hope will make their experience enjoyable as well as educational.

I feel to improve the PDFs I will need to make the video link smaller so that it looks more balanced and does not look like the main attraction. I would like the user to read the article first and then watch the video. I also want to make some of the more technical words blue and when the user clicks on the word the meaning will appear. If I cannot do this using InDesign, then I will place the meanings in a box next to the video link in blue. I also need to make sure that the video link works. I will get feedback from other people and then make a second draft before making my final PDFs.