Logging in for Critique

While attending the Maryland Institute College of Art for my BFA, one of the most involved and grueling parts of my education was the group critiques. After spending many hours working on a painting, drawing or animation, it was placed in front of a firing range full of opinionated and eccentric students (not that I was ever one of them of course) with open fire. If your work was exceptional, occasionally a  rose would be thrown at you. I had to open a flower shop. Ok, I’m kidding, my work was always riddled with bullet holes and not just because I lived in Baltimore. Enough wisecracks… my days at MICA were great, and I learned a lot.

I always like to take a look at other interactive websites, video integrated sites and virtual simulations, leaving them open for critique. One particular type of online technology which is of high interest is live webcasting. As with any live event, one always has to plan carefully, test rigorously, and have a backup plan. Yesterday, as mentioned in my previous blog, I followed Apollo 11 online via a live simulation of the events and transmissions which took place 40 years ago. Although the experience was great and the interactivity fun, there were some glitches most likely due to the live streaming nature of the event.

Another interactive online experience I am interested in viewing and scrutinizing, or praising is a live webcast taking place this Thursday. After having registered and logged in in advance (to check browser compatibility as directed by the email invite) some at our office already experienced some issues that should be cause for concern with the host of the video. We will find out how things progress when logging in for the live event at 3:00 pm on Thursday. But seeing how others handle or mishandle events like these and experiencing it first-hand is very valuable to make sure that I, and everyone else at DDA , can provide the best product available with the greatest value to our client.