Format-o-mator

 Posted by on July 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm  Add comments
 
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Install Shockwave PlugIn First from here. An ‘Experience Generator’ (in good old ) that plays on a few key concepts and potential new formats. It contains five of the sections of comprehensive classification dictionary I worked on with a small team at TV-anytime, originally a bloated and complex matrix of intention, format, content, commercial product, intended audience, origination, alert, media type and atmosphere – all used to describe content in depth so service providers and consumers are able to perform rich findability and respectively. For the ‘Format Generator’ below I enhanced only five of the Classification Dictionary areas:

  • intention (what an experience is meant to achieve) – list of 27
  • content/genre (the subject or niche area) – 690
  • format (the shell or structure of the experience) – 108
  • media type (the actual key media element) – 17
  • atmosphere (a rather fluffy, mood the experience should create) (This is a very Far East input into the standard) – 55

So how to use it. Click once on the ‘app window below’, then press letter keys (ideally in sequence top to bottom) to randomly generate something unique and cool. The consider how you would produce the experience. Doing the sums based on the number of items in each list the possible combinations are 1 881 257 000 format/experiences! OK, it’s not perfect yet there is a little overlap between format and media type (still working on that), there are far fewer newer forms than older ones, but I think a very useful ‘format for thought’ generator. Enjoy (oh and good luck with the auto plugin
install!).

  • Devised by Gary Hayes
  • Programmed by Gary Hayes
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