A mock-up is supposed to be an outline for a media project. And this accurately describes my experience creating a mock-up for my remediation project. I got out a pen and paper. I thought about the exigence for the photo campaign that I decided I was going to create. And I got drawing. I mapped out what I wanted to take photos of, so that the photographs I include would evoke the necessary emotion. I’m no artist. My drawings are basic. But this wasn’t frustrating for me. I knew that when I took the photographs the mock-up would come to life.
My e-portfolio mock-up experience was different. It wasn’t like I was creating an outline. I had started working on my e-portfolio without a mock-up. Clicking this to change that. I must have went through hundreds of changes before I came up with a design layout that fit with this exigence. I found that clicking around and having the changes manifest immediately was the best way for me to deliberate on a design. It was the best for me to begin an outline. Had I just created a mock-up for the first idea that came to mind, by the time I was actually editing online, my mock-up be present in my actual design. Getting the design just right was frustrating. It took so much time to make such insignificant changes, but I think it paid off. I am really happy with the “outline” I have created for my e-portfolio.
Overall, the two experiences were very different. I think that working with web design lends well to fooling around with the capabilities, then going back and creating an outline. Maybe this is just because I was unsure of the web design capabilities. Or maybe this is because the changes made within web design are instant, while the changes made within a photography require a lot to manifest. Regardless, the mock-ups have been proving helpful and I am glad we were required to use them.