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Rushes Sequences - graphics - visualising the web - early draft (Video)

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Dan Biddle Dan Biddle | 13:34 UK time, Thursday, 12 November 2009

In our continuing efforts to share as much content with you as possible, we present this graphics sequence from Digital Revolution production created to help visualise the web and how it works.

At several stages throughout the open production process we have discussed the challenge of visualising the web - describing the way it works; the way it can be illustrated. These graphics are one of our attempts at this. Therefore please bear in mind that they are a work in progress and may not be the final graphics used in the programme.

This graphics sequence is part of our promise to release content from most of our interviews and some general footage, all under a permissive licence for you to embed, or download a non-branded version and re-edit.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Is the main point that you can access information from anywhere?
    In which case its the criss-crossing of the traffic between computers that's important. The trans-Atlantic traffic could be strengthened to show a) volume and b) the world-wide nature of the web. From this trans-Atlantic traffic looks an occasional act.

    When the person types a URL could you quickly show a route it takes to retrieve the information? The destination.
    Could you use a straight forward URL? e.g www.bbc.co.uk
    Many novice users are used to web addresses staring with the http://www

    Without a commentary I'm not sure what all the floating doc's at the end represent? (A cloud?)
    I guess they represent information (but all information is held somewhere), but they're floating randomly above the servers and routers, they don't feel part of the main graphic representing the interconnectedness. (Could they billow out of the servers and travel along paths to destinations?)
    I also expected them to coalesce into something identifiable at the end when they all moved closer together. I'm not sure what that represents other than 'lots of information'?

    I do appreciate how difficult it is trying to represent the Web graphically.

  • Comment number 2.

    Admittedly, these lack a certain something without the script...! But we thought we'd put them up to show you how things were looking from all angles of the production in progress. And if anyone's making their own version of the Digital Revolution, these might be useful to them :)

    I'll see if we can get some more info to accompany this.

    Also - this is a draft version. I'm pretty sure these will see a few iterations before they go to the final edit - so I'll feed your comments over to Russell (the Series Producer).

    Thanks for the observations.



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