For my unit 2 prototype I’m planning on making a very basic version of the online questionnaire I’m planning. I’ve been learning PHP so that I can put the whole thing into a MySQL database and it will be searchable. We’re doing a show at the house gallery in December. I’m planning on showing this basic prototype then. Clearly I want to present something a lot more developed for the final show. But I’ll get to that.
I’ve just had a quick review of the questionnaire in the show in August. I’ve broken the questions down in to three categories. These are as follows:
1 – At a rough estimate, how often do you say the word all on any given day?
2 – When using the word all, how often do you use it in a completely logical manner? How often do you use it as a rough figure of speech?
3 – What proverbs can you think of which use the word all?
4 – Do you think the word all, of itself means much, or do you think it needs the context of a sentence sitting with it?
5 – If you were to leave it all behind, what would you take with you?
6 – When you hear the word all, what immediate impressions come to mind?
7 – Does all imply wholeness, completeness, both or neither of these things?
8 – How much do you think the common perception of the word all has changed over the past hundred years? How about over the last thousand years?
9 – What is the opposite of all?
10 – Where is all’s centre? Do you think this question makes sense? In which contexts do you think it might or might not make sense?
11 – When you consider what might (or might not) be beyond the finite, yet expanding universe, how do you feel?
12 – Do you think that whatever is or isn’t beyond the universe is part of all? In other words, do you think this unknown is nothing, a total void, and if so, is that void part of all?
I think I might try to expand these questions so there are fifteen. Three of each. That would mean there was a pleasing symmetry. Maybe that’s unnecessary. I want a bit of structure though, and an equal number of questions per section feels more structured. I was expecting to have more to say here, but I don’t. Maybe it’s just late and I want to go to bed.
The next step, then, is to develop the visual accompaniment. My plan for the prototype is to make a flash animation or illustration of the word all to accompany each question. I think this will be simple and effective. It’s not how i see the final piece working (I want that to have more detail and more interactivity) but it’ll be a step in the right direction in the short term.