Monday, 11 May 2015


My CV meets the purpose of the brief as it is a interactive, animated CV. It is suitable for an employer to be able to read as it is a very simple but smart design that give a professional look to my CV. It has been written in HTML5, CSS and Javascript and I made it using Adobe Edge Animate. It was designed to fit a conventional web page size, 1280 x 800. I have included interactive elements, buttons so that you can navigate around my CV and a link to a website where you can find out more information. I have used vector animation when I made the phone and email icons. Finally, it was my own, original design throughout that I had planned.

My final CV is different to my planning. The main change I made was the home page design. Originally I wanted to have one, large picture with my name on top however I tried this design and I decided that I didn't like it so I went with a simpler design with just my name, although the typeface and colour scheme did not change. Also, I changed my vector animation from planning to have a home button I decided that I didn't fit in with the CV so I used my name as the home button. I made a phone and email icon with vector animation. I made it as a vector animation in Illustrator because it was the easiest way of making an icon.
First page

My CV has good navigation and interactivity. All of the buttons work and go to the correct place and it is easy to get around my CV. When a button is click the transitions are smooth and look really good. The sound at the beginning works well and fades slowly. The other interactive button that link to a website worked and was relevant to the page as it was the website of the theatre that I work in.

I think that the visual style of my CV is very smart and professional, I used three colours, red, white and blue, and a simple layout which, in some places, it look minimal but it worked. I didn't want to have too many objects and too much text in a small space because I think it would have looked messy and cramped. The typography was good as I the text was easy to read and my vector animation looked good.

My production skill were good, I did all the necessary planning before starting my CV which is important as if I didn't follow my planning, my work could have look bad. I probably spent too much time on planning as I found that, towards the end, I was rushing to finish my CV. I have learnt a lot about how to use Edge Animate during the process and whilst creating my CV problems came up that I had to overcome.

If I was to make my CV again I would have added more interactive element into it, for example a video. Also, I would have added some image because sometimes my CV can look a bit plain because of the limited colours and white background.

Production Log

Firstly, I started by making a front page, I had a simple design that consisted of my name with an arrow at the bottom that would link to the next page. To make my name I used the text tool and for the arrow I used the rectangle tool, I also used colours tools to decide on what colours I wanted.

After, I had made my front page I made the transition into the second page which would be the menu page where you can navigate around my CV.

To do this I used the timeline to change position and opacity. Once I had done the transition I made the menu page which were linked together so that they run smoothly.

Menu page
After I had made the menu page I made all the other pages. From the menu I wanted to be able to click on each heading that would link to another page with more information on. 
Page Three

Page Four
Page Five
After making transitions for all the pages, I made all the coding for it so that they link together when you click on a word. For example when you click on the 'About' heading it starts the transition from the menu page to the 'About' page. I had to add labels to the timeline at the start of every page so that buttons knew where they were meant to link to. Also, I made my name into a home button so that you could get back to the menu from page three, four and five
Example of a label
At the end of each transition into another page I had to add a trigger that would stop the timeline so that the reader would have time to read it and so that my CV doesn't just jump through all the pages really quickly.

Whilst building my CV I could preview it in a browser which helped me test that all of the code was correct and that the buttons worked correctly.

Testing my CV
For the fifth page I used some of my own vector graphics that I had made in Adobe Illustrator. I made two symbols, a phone and a email logo which I planned to use to instead of writing 'phone number' or 'email'. After I made it I saved it so that I could import it into my CV.

Also, I imported an audio track that played on the first page. I made it fade out when you went to the second page as I thought that it may become annoying to the reader.

Finally, once I had finished the CV I saved it into a folder so that all the files were kept together.

Persuasive Methods

What persuasive methods (language/visuals) are you going to use to entice the user to interact with your CV?

I am going to use an arrow to show that you need to click on it to get to the next page. This will encourage the reader to go to the next page.

Also, i am going to make the mouse change to the click icon when the user hovers over a button. This will show that you are supposed to click.

I am going to have a link to a website and the button will say 'click here for more information'