Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Use of Colors for Neurodiversity Awareness

     I was vaguely aware of the fact that certain colors can bring out certain emotions, but surprised that offices and other places were taking it into consideration. These color schemes can also affect those with a mental illness or disorder. Now that people are more open about mental illness, companies are being more considerate and inclusive with their color schemes. I already knew that warm colors, such as red, orange, and yellow, usually bring out anger, hunger, or increase anxiety levels due to being "loud" colors. Most places involving physical or occupational therapy recommend using light greens and blues to make the environment less overwhelming. I've realized that most companies use certain colors to bring out certain emotions to self-promote, basically. Some restaurants may use yellow to make people feel hungry, and that makes total sense. Either way, it's definitely true that companies should stop using such bright and loud colors sometimes, because it could make someone overwhelmed and anxious.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Redesigning a Bad Website

   The website that I think is one of the worst is the one for Suzanne Collins' books. The main problem seems to be the lack of a proper layout. There are links that only lead back to the top of the page, and random blank spaces in between each book (all varying in unnecessarily increased lengths). The next thing would be the color scheme. The website is on a mostly white background, which is fine, but the text is bright and small enough to be considered illegible. In addition to the book listings, there are no descriptions or brief summaries of each book, leaving one to search elsewhere for answers. And, going back to the overall look of the website, it is very plain and somewhat monotonous color-wise.
   If I were hired to fix or remake this website, I would change a lot of things, many of which were mentioned previously. First, I would definitely fix the main problem, which is the improper layout. There would be no more giant blank spaces in between each picture. Next, I would change the color scheme to something that is brighter and contrasts more, but not enough to give someone a headache. I'd also fix the text problem; making the text bigger and giving it a darker color to go with the color scheme and make it legible. Another text-related issue I'd fix would be the lack of informative descriptions and summaries of the books. I would add them alongside the reviews (as well as fixing the review layout, too). There is so much to fix on that website, and hopefully it gets fixed soon.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Coding with Music

   I chose this topic because it's very interesting to me, and I sometimes make songs myself with music software apps.
   The writer of the article explained that computer science helped him learn all the things behind the software that made the apps work properly; and that it was all subjective, due to being a form of the creative arts. The best revelation to it is realizing that there's no right or wrong way to make art, and that includes music. It's all subjective.
   The writer also mentioned that the main thing that helped him make music, and eventually to video games as well, was to have the mindset that was previously mentioned. To remember that it's a form of art; there's no right or wrong way to it, because it's all subjective.
   That's why I'd like to do coding with music, and why I chose this topic. You make art whichever way you want.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Governments Requesting Access to Users' Private Online Data

   Lately, five of the world's governments (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand) have been requesting their tech providers to gain access to their users' encrypted content. This is a common issue between the government and big tech companies. The government has been demanding that their tech providers "build a backdoor" for them to be let into the system, but tech companies refuse, saying that it's not right, and downright too invasive.
   I agree with the tech companies on this one. Our government, and the other four, shouldn't have to have access to everything. They're already suspicious enough with all the stuff they're hiding, so why should we have to basically sell our lives to the government? Plus, like most tech experts are saying, it's too dangerous to have a backdoor open to the system anyhow. The government could lose control of it, as it gets hacked by unauthorized personnel. It's not right; We have the right to privacy, as stated by the Fourth Amendment in the Constitution. They say it's to fight all problems in cyber-security and find criminals and all that, but it's not that easy to begin with.