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– The menu bar has moved.

– Hourglass has been removed and replaced with representative circles.

– A set up page has been added.

– Individual flatmate page layout has been moderated.

– Generally, I have just improved the aesthetics of my application.

I have decided to drop the hourglass idea as it is difficult to get the animation running smoothly as the hourglass turns. It is also difficult to tell which colour/person has used the most energy. I am now using different sized circles to represent each flatmate and their power usage.

I have decided I would like to make a mockumentary. I have recently watched Trekkies and King of Kong, and would like to make something similar but on a smaller scale of course.



Overall, I like how the visuals of my interface turned out. I enjoyed learning the basics of Flash and look forward to learning how to do more impressive animations. I would have liked to make the liquid in the hourglass spin around with the animation. I think that my interface is clear and logical, and shows important information relevant to my user group.

Two changes that I would have liked to have implemented but were very last minute thoughts, as your job as a designer is never finished right?, are 1) Include the time and a calendar or simply ’10:00 AM, FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER’. ¬†And 2) A set-up page, where users can change the colour settings, add new flatmates, and a previous months history button for filing purposes.

I learned a lot about power usage in this project and have made a conscious effort to reduce my own power at home. I found it beneficial to work out an individual’s power usage, as I had never really thought about this before. It is interesting to see how quickly power can add up, and which appliances cost more than others to run. For example, I thought that the washing machine was quite an expensive appliance to run, but in the scheme of things it is not that bad. I also did not realise how expensive a 10 minute shower can be, and how that can add up over a month period. The discoveries I have made on this project are the results I would like users of my interface to get as well.


Thank goodness for online Flash tutorials. I have never used Flash before but now can comfortably make  motion tweens, frame-by-frame animation and buttons.