HOW DID YOU AUTHOR THE PHOTO YOU RECORDED FOR INSTAGRAM?
I chose this LEGO helicopter that my brother built as the subject of my image, because it was the first obvious thing I could find in my home of ‘Good Design’, in relation to our quote in focus – “Good design is actually a lot harder to notice than poor design, in part because good designs fit our needs so well that the design is invisible, serving us without drawing attention to itself. Bad design, on the other hand, screams out its inadequacies, making itself very noticeable.” A quote from Donald Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things (1988).
I chose to take the image in front of a large window in my lounge room, as it was some of the best lighting I could find in my house. Because of this, I had the plane placed on my hand, which I tried my best to cut out of the image when taking the photo – This, explaining the reason behind the odd composition.
For this photo, I authored it directly in the Instagram app, on my iPhone 8Plus. The device features two back cameras, which was what I used to take the photograph, using the touch screen feature to control the exposure. After the shot was taken, I moved on to the editing section of the app, and brought the exposure all the way up to wash out any colour from behind the plane, to a very pale blue and to add a final touch – I brought the sharpness up all the way, and faded the image slightly, to attempt to give it a somewhat grainy look.
HOW DID YOU PUBLISH THE PHOTO YOU RECORDED FOR INSTAGRAM?
I published it after authoring it straight from the app, with the caption “Daydreaming of being apart of the world, taking note of the good design in the home until…
. “Good design is actually a lot harder to notice than poor design, in part because good design fits our needs so well that the design is invisible, serving us without drawing attention to itself. Bad design, on the other hand, screams out its inadequacies, making itself very noticeable.” #DonaldNorman #thedesignofeverydaythings #1988″
While I added my own caption in relation to the image, I chose to obviously point out the quote that we are focusing on, enabling me to use hashtags in relation to Donald Norman, his book and the quote to help with distribution of the image. Although Norman states that good design can be a lot harder to notice than poor design, this LEGO plane is an obviously good design.
HOW DID YOU DISTRIBUTE THE PHOTO YOU PUBLISHED ON INSTAGRAM TO OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA SERVICES?
Once the image was posted to my Instagram page, I made use of GeoTags and Hashtags, which are used to collate a feed of images and videos together that are all related to one another. This way, because my profile is on public for the entire world to see, if they search the GeoTag Somewhere Else But Here they will find my image among others. This would work the same way if they searched the hashtags #DonaldNorman #thedesignofeverydaythings, my image will come up with any images or videos with those tags – making my work open to the entire world through the public Instagram platform.