3D Atmosphere through Gallery Showcase
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This paper presents the findings of the research conducted on the basis of the created virtual showcase to explore ways in which an interactive 3D website's atmosphere can be enhanced and fostered to benefit the design education and industry fields. Construction of the virtual gallery showcase was generated as an effective demonstrator to be utilised by students and designers in terms of promotional, training and educational gains. The interactive environment of the virtual gallery showcase provides users with a source for interactive simulations, design processes and variations, which enable the exploration and sharing of best design, construction and exhibition practices. The site was designed to be a valuable tool to communicate ideas and demonstrate design models of the university student's product and interior architecture work, paying particular attention to the designs that won national and international competitions, received professional awards and/or chosen by industry to be manufactured. The immersive environment enables the visitor to interact with the 3D models via exploring every detail and all functionality of the design from the very first prototype to the final product, review design documentation and provide feedback to the designer. In addition, the online site facilitates the examination of the models from different angles, various configurations including the change of components, colours and textures, hidden and showed elements and simulations. Thus, at the fourth stage of the Interactive 3D Web Design project implementation, in order to evaluate potential and existing facilities of the virtual gallery showcase, the research of the website atmosphere was conducted. The study was carried out on the basis of randomly selected samples of students from design classes at a Brisbane university and accomplished Australian designers. The applied research methodology included two approaches; namely, experimental learning and action research. The first method, experimental learning, identified key characteristics of the website design in the aspect of suitability towards projects needs. The second method analysed university students' and designer's perception and evaluation of the website by practical action research. The research outcomes reflect students and designers viewpoint with regard to the first impression, aesthetic and emotional judgement concerning loading speed, professional appearance, navigational capability and presentation of the models to be exhibited on the virtual gallery showcase. The research findings contributes in gaining a better understanding of cultural distinction in design practices background, market trends and educational approaches employed in particular countries in terms of utilising web design facilities.
Atmosphere Symposium 2009
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