The best thing about the Emerging Media Masters program is all of the AWESOME projects we get to create. Take a look at some of the projects we’ve completed throughout the program so far:
- DIGITAL STORYTELLING
- PROJECT MANAGEMENT
- DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN & AESTHETICS
- MEDIA INTERACTION DESIGN & USABILITY
- CAPSTONE PROJECTS
A NEW FRONTIER
THE CHALLENGE OF GETTING REAL-WORLD READY
By: Melanie Charyton
When students at the University of Georgia are finally able to walk under the arch after graduation, they face a new chapter in their lives, one filled with real-world challenges.
The job market is once again resembling pre-recession times. However, through poor financial decisions, their new independence can be thrilling, but can vanish in the blink of an eye.
Class of 2017 graduates prepare for their next chapter. Photo: Melanie Charyton
“I don’t want to make any mistakes, [there’s] probably a bit of a learning curve in the first six months being out of college for that sort of stuff” – John Buckley, UGA Class of 2017
By: Eric Daniel and Ben Nylin
Leaders in the virtual reality industry see VR, or virtual reality, as a powerful storytelling tool, but caution that it may have negative effects on a user’s personality over time.
It’s been ten years since Segway, a personal mobility device, uploaded one of their first commercials to YouTube, and 17 since the company rolled onto the scene. A venture capitalist named John Doerr was confident that Segway would quickly become the fastest company to reach $1 billion in sales. With a target of 40,000 units to sell in the first year, a dismal 30,000 units sold in six years was less than impressive.
BEER’S GROWING POPULARITY AMONG WOMEN
By: Kaitlin Kent and J. Ashley Panter
The beer industry has been historically dominated by men. However, the Brewers Association, a non-profit organization of American brewers, revealed a growing popularity of beer among women. According to their 2014 report, women consume almost 32 percent of craft beer by volume.
Another research project demonstrated that women are not only increasingly drinking beer, but are also brewing it. A 2014 study conducted by Auburn University found that women account for 29% of brewery workers in the United States and are beginning to play a much larger role in the craft brewing industry.
PROTESTST IN ATHENS FOLLOWING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
By: Leah Moss and Andrea Skellie
Since the presidential election last fall, ten protests against President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and policies have taken place in Athens, Georgia.
The largest of these was the J20 Day of Resistance, which took place on Jan. 20, President Trump’s Inauguration Day. An estimated 4,500 people gathered, with instruments and signs. The signs and chants largely expressed dislike for President Trump, featuring messages such as “He Ain’t My President,” “We Shall Overcomb,” and “You’re Fired.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has,” Jesse Houle, coordinator for Athens for Everyone, said at the J20 march in front of City Hall. “Do you believe in resistance? Do you believe in revolution?”
STORIES OF WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE LIVING IN HARMONY… MAYBE
By: Amanda Keuler
This multimedia story explores exotic and wild animals playing the part of domestic pets in homes. Each chapter goes beyond the cages and into the worlds of the owners, veterinarians and law enforcement to learn the truth about owning these animals as pets.
Exotic pet owners are just as unique as their animals. Each person has their own story. Listen to the story about a girl, her pet monkey and the realities of owning an exotic animal in a home.
Featured in this story: JohnieSue Thurman, founder of the Haven Zoo, which takes in displaced exotic animals including large cats, birds and sloths. Thurman has worked with exotic animals in the Atlanta area for over 14 years, caring for various species.
By: Grace Ferzely
The culture of Athens, Georgia seems ever-changing; the continuous rotation of college students never ceases. But you only need to look to the Athens meme accounts, and their account administrators (or ‘meme admins’ as referred to in internet culture) to find a common culture in this surreal, transient town.
If you’re an Athenian between the ages of 15 and 30 chances are high you’ve seen one of these local memes. The two prominent meme accounts in town, both run through Instagram, have become popular within the past year among UGA students, young adults, and elusive townies.
The first account, started in February 2016, is called Classic City Memes and posts off-beat commentary ranging from the influx of student housing downtown to the crucial difference between the two Agua Linda restaurants. This account is run anonymously by a former UGA law student and practicing Athens lawyer.
By: Haleigh Staalner
Full Plate, a local food recovery organization, fuels the fight against food insecurity in Athens, Georgia one donation at a time.
Established in 1987 with a mission to reduce hunger in the Athens-Clarke County area, Action, Inc.’s Full Plate program is tasked with collecting prepared and fresh food donations from local area restaurants, grocery stores, and cafeterias.
The donations are then distributed to local homeless shelters and other organizations that serve disadvantaged and hungry individuals.
The USDA defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”
By: Clint Owens
In late 2016 Dogwood Alliance, an Asheville, North Carolina-based environmental nonprofit, launched the Our Forests Aren’t Fuel Campaign in Athens, Georgia. This campaign seeks to prevent the destruction of Southern forests as a result of the industrial scale biomass industry and wood pellet production.
According to Allie Halbert, the Athens organizer for Our Forests Aren’t Fuel, three wood pellet facilities have been proposed in Madison, Jackson and Franklin counties.
Halbert said that in addition to damaging the local ecosystem, wood pellet manufacturing generates an airborne dust that can be linked to asthma, increases in heart attacks and strokes in the communities near these facilities.
By: J. Ashley Panter, Kaitlin Kent, Andrea Skellie, and Ben Nylin
Using the Spring Project Management methodology, which is used by Google Ventures (and many other companies), our group was tasked tasked with creating an app that crowdsourced food and drink deals in downtown Athens. After the completion of the project, the Sip ‘N Snack App prototype was developed.
Projects coming soon!
By: Kate Devlin, Leah Moss, J. Ashley Panter, and Andrea Skellie
Our client for this UX study is Grady Newsource. It is both an undergraduate course for journalism student within Grady and an independent news organization that serves the local community. The Grady Newsource website is a critical part of both its service to the community and the experiential learning process, but—as it currently stands—is not meeting the needs of any audience.
We were first approached by Dr. Nsenga Burton, a new addition to the faculty of Grady and the current digital editor of Grady Newsource. She understood that there were some issues with the current site, but she didn’t quite know the extent to which these problems might be affecting her users.
By: Eric Daniel, Melanie Charyton, Chalen Duncan, and Grace Ferzely
Our client for this UX study is Snapchat Spectacles users. Snapchat’s parent company Snap sells its own Google Glass-style pair of sunglasses.
They’re a bit more basic than Google’s defunct headset or other augmented-reality devices, but they’re certainly striking. The idea is you use them in order to capture your adventures while on the go. A bit like a GoPro, but for your face.
Spectacles can record video snippets that automatically save to your Snapchat Memories, a feature in Snapchat that stores all your saved snaps, stories and locked content. The sunglasses feature a camera with a 115-degree lens, which is designed to mimic how humans actually see.
Our UX study sets out to find out how easy is it to incorporate Spectacles into your daily Snapchat use.
By: Eric Daniel and Chalen Duncan
You begin GemQuest on a mystical island with a friendly fox named Notchi and a broken sword, but you soon you realize that this world isn’t paradise. You’ll have to defeat monsters, gather supplies, and collect powerful gems to survive. As you delve deeper into the game’s finer details, you’ll discover that there are small tears in reality – small holes that offer a glimpse into something more. You eventually find that the world you’re in is actually a simulation called GemQuest, and you’ve been tasked with destroying this world from the inside out. As you peek into every nook and cranny of GemQuest’s levels you’ll uncover the parallel story of one of GemQuest’s creators who met his fate following the same quest as you. Are you ready to take up arms?
GemQuest VR is a virtual reality game developed with the user in mind. We’ve taken elements from across marketing, design, and programming disciplines to bring you a game that will change the industry. Gone are the days of blurry text, pause menus, and button memorization. Gone are the days of input lag, nausea, and VR headaches. GemQuest has a competitive advantage over all other VR games for several reasons:
- The game offers more than ten times the normal content of your average VR game (which is an average of 28 minutes if you remember from the presentation).
- Our controls feature one single universal button. You won’t have to deal with a complex button scheme that is of-putting to the casual gamer.
- Our movement system won’t make you nauseous. The technical term for locomotion is called phasing, but you can think of it as teleportation. When the user chooses when and where to move, and then teleports there, he or she will experience almost total elimination of nausea.
GemQuest promises to be an immersive adventure into a plethora of different worlds, and we can’t wait for you to join us on this adventure.
By: Amanda Keuler
Fave is a social recommendation and list-making app consumers use to share their favorite books, movies, music, restaurants and travel destinations and find new favorites through their network. The app will drive traffic to Amazon’s streaming platforms by providing direct links to the products. The app will fill a gap in the social media market, raise awareness about Amazon’s streaming services and earn Amazon extra revenue via new Prime memberships and contracts with other organizations featured on the app.
Consumers want to find the next best thing. They don’t to crawl the entire web to find it or rely on a complete stranger’s opinion. Fave is a social app that consumers use to share, discover and access their favorite books, movies/tv shows, music, restaurants and travel destinations. With the app, users rank their top ten favorites (“Faves”) in various lists and see their friends’ Faves and recommendations. Fave bridges the gap between top ten lists and real action (purchasing a book, movie, album) which drives traffic to Amazon and raises awareness of the site’s streaming capabilities.
By: J. Ashley Panter
ParkEasy Athens is innovative, designed for the user, and the future of smart parking technology. Not only does ParkEasy Athens provide digital cash-less payment abilities, but it also offers other parking management features for the user in addition to features for municipalities that can simply their processes and reduce operating costs.
For parking operations such as ITS and other meter companies, smart parking technology isn’t necessarily about driving up productivity and service in operations though, but rather providing long term value to customers (municipalities) that in turn will learn to expect more and therefore will be willing to pay more for products/apps that make their life easier.