The drafting process for papers for us as students is a familiar one. One reworks their piece many times: re-wording, line-editing, peer-reviewing etc. It all seems relatively intuitive after many years of being taught how to properly work through a piece. Especially in this class, drafting is such an integral part of working a piece to it’s fullest potential. For a traditional paper, this is second nature.
However, digital remediation is a whole new field for many of us to explore. The drafting process does not include the same steps, and most of all, not the same mediums at each step. While we first drew our plans on simple, blank pieces of paper, we are now working to have them come to life online. This is an exciting but slightly foreign experience. We are bounding into territory where simple line edits and fixing of grammar is all that necessary. We have to create storyboards, plots, visually-aesthetic web-designs, integrated multi-media platforms and seamlessly try and have our ideas weaved into these different aspects. For me, as I compare my story-boards, mock-ups and early stages of my projects, I see many parallels.
The first parallel I see between my story-board and mock-up is the desire to keep the design simple, clean and allow it to speak for itself. I want my interviews to carry the video piece without much need for my own personal narration and I want my website to remain devoid of unnecessary distractions. In the picture posted, my early website design has a easy to follow navigation at the top and a few pictures on a white background. I don’t want any gimmicks or distracting aspects take away from the viewer’s experience of my work and it’s message. My story-board, posted here, also has a similar feel. It draws out the structure of my piece, focusing mainly on the interviews and questions to be asked of interviewees. No complex transitions are used, simply a few montages to show contrast between answers.
I’m not finding too much frustrating right now because I haven’t delved too deep into the technical details. Much of the general drafting and planning process comes easily as it is creative and not too logistics based yet. I’m enjoying watching how these projects develop side by side and what they’re teaching me about the digital drafting process versus the traditional one we are so used to.