Dissertation Research sites theory’s and more

Started research into “Geminschaft (Translated as community)” and “Gesellschaft (Translated as Social)”. This was suggested by Alan as a good starting point and already i can see why. The Theory we created by Ferdinand Tonnies in 1887 and is considered a major part of Sociology.


As i am researching into community with the App world we can already sides the ties that relate to the real world as well. The idea of Community and Social bonds are breaking down Human relations into two part community relation ships that are close to home i.e. Family, Friends people we feel our behaviour is defined by and Social which if the more distance relationships like work people who we don’t feel morally abided to we feel we set our own beliefs for these set of people


I should look into reading the Book by Tonnies but untill then i will continue research into his theories and i want to also look into what relations ships on Facebook are like in relation to this theory are they Social or Community?


This will be my next step




Level up Tut’s

I have completed the first 3 Level Up tut’s of Javascript These are very basic and was a good refresher of what Dean taught us.


The images below mark the progress of the tutorials from the introduction of what is JavaScript to variables, numbers and strings.  The tutorials at this moment in time are very basic however they are really well made easy to follow. I am looking forward to the future of the tutorials hopefully soon will be the ones that follow so i can further the knowledge. Whilst i wait for the continuation of the Level up Tut’s i will start to go through the PhoneGap Tutorials as well however i will need to complete these Tut’s on a Mac as currently i use a PC and for IOS and Android apps you have to use a Mac.



To get an idea of how hard PhoneGap is and the learning curve in order to judge the possibility of the App creation.

I will be following this tutorial http://mobile.tutsplus.com/tutorials/phonegap/phonegap-from-scratch/ i will mark progress on a post to see how it is going.

Shelley did say that my initial idea is a little too much so it might be worth bringing it back in a little bit. If i find this during my tutorial of PhoneGap then i think i might have a solution.

The plan for if the work is too much is to do a purely content based app not dynamic content it will be based on online gaming and serve as a resource for gamers as a way to get into competitive gaming and understand how it works as well as what is required. As well as the app i will supply designs for a fully functioning dynamic app that was my original plan a scriming hub for games of multiple platforms and games. This would give me the benefit of both ideas get me into the start of app design and enable me plan to make a full version down the line.


As well as this PhoneGap tutorial i will need to Learn Javascript. Level up Tutorials have just started to release Javascript Tutorials i will be following along to see how these go as well as looking at other resources. The tutorials can be found here http://leveluptuts.com/tutorials/javascript-tutorials

FMP First Concepts

Final breif for this year had been handed in and i thought it was about time i started to think of concepts for Next year’s FMP. I allready have 2 main ideas and one alternate concept these are only the inital thoughts and are likely to change however it gives me a target to research.

  1. “The Scrim Lounge”- The Scrim lounge is my first idea one that i think has the highest potential and most worth looking into. The idea is to create an App for Competative and casual gamers to find new people to play a kind of Social Networking site for gamers but with the point being to arrange and “Challange” other members to a game. I am a competative gamer and on the game i play finding “Scrims” can sometimes be hard and although there are gaming sites most look at the leagues and not the more casual element. Also there currently is no gaming App for this genre so its an open market that i know needs an app. Also a lot of the gamers i play have Smart Phones and are too lazy to log onto the computer to look for matches against other like minded players.
  2. “The 300 Authors!”- This idea is based around community authorship. This would be a Website that each week challanges members to complete a page of a book with the final target being releasing an E-Book. My aim would be to create the site puslishise it create the book and release it as an E-Book. The genre would be picked by the community then the first page would be writte by a community member and released as a post then everyone can reply with the next page and the page would be selected via poll’s
  3. This isnt a actual idea as such but the basis would be a website that could help me learn PHP one of the now more important Coding languages.

I will be speaking to Alan and Shelley about these ideas to gain feedback and insight into if there are workable or too much

Overall Evaluation

My site is now Live at http://pbwebdesigns.co.uk and completely handed in.


This is a small eval from my perspective.


The website is easily my strongest design to date. I think the main reasons for this is change in approach to design mainly not being afraid to steal ideas from others and not being worried about originality. Also content and style that was used for this is something i look at daily anyway so i am already used to.


Strong elements-

  • Colour theme
  • layout
  • Typography (Kind of)
  • Social Buttons (Self created)
  • Strong use of dynamic content
  • Ease of use for Client

Weak elements-

  • Header Image (Which i created)
  • No Log in
  • Non of the Nav pages are created yet
  • Lack of Jqueary elements (could have used these for links to part of the page further down and maybe drop down menu)
  • Recent posts on post pages only show that post


Overall i am very please and look forward to the feedback i will recive there will be good and bad but i hope to take what i have learnt into the future to improve my design and Web capabilities. Expressionengine is somthing i am VERY glad we have learnt and i know will be my choice for CMS in the future. I will look at maybe fully creating this website in the future with Log in and Forums but for now it serves it purpose and i am happy with the outcome!

The Little things that matter!

Towards the end i was just chaning the little elements which made the style work. These are little elements which add up and just give it more of a professional look. Most of which was styling.


Here is a list of the little adjustment i was making towards the end…

  • Links to social media open in new tab
  • Colour of links match (There where slightly different Hex codes on some and where difficult to read)
  • Button size (had to ditch the gradient and replace with image sprite instead was harder than it sounds!)
  • drop shadow on container
  • style on blockquotes
  • padding and margins on the list pages so everything aligned
  • sizes of certain text mainly titles of threads
  • Spelling errors (Probably more left though)
  • comment background and shadow

There are more however this gets the points of the minor changes towards the end that where made for the better.


Pagination, Categories, comments and more.

One thing i noticed on my homepage was that i had a limit of 3 posts once there was more the other’s would disappear. I decided i wanted these to be able to be viewed but not be on the homepage. I researched into it and found EE pagination this made it simple as copying the EE code into the template and it was as simple as that all it required was styling however i am a fan of these buttons being small and not taking over style wise so this was simple enough.


The Categories on the Blog posts where still not working so i decided it was time to sort this out i had already created categories but didn’t understand how to place them in dynamically  I was able to find this using the EE Documentation however (Man is that a life saver!) and it soon was functioning properly. I played around with these slightly however as at first they would post in a horizontal list which messed up the styling.


Once the categories issue was solved i moved onto the comments again on the blog posts the comments part was not working so first of all i sorted this. Once the comments bit on the banner was working i needed to add somewhere to post comments. Whilst at Uni i logged onto my comp we created the Fish Admin work on and copied the Comments form code across this saved a lot of time as it was already created and only needed updated links and styling. The comments where fairly east to put into place however i spent a lot of time trying to organise them to look professional and apart of the site at first they looked slapped on and didnt fit. With more styling i was able to sort this though. I also updated the links on the comment part of the Banner so it jumped to the comments part of the page.


Although i had placed the Posts into categories and linked them up the links took you know where so i created a Blog list template which could be used for the calendar as well which would display the blog posts in that categories or time depending on where you was looking at it from. The styling was a mix of the two pages and i played around with it however i was able just to steal code from other pages making this a relatively quick process. Updated the links and then these where working aswell.


…Still more to come!!