Individual Research Project

Computer games are actively enjoyed by millions of people around the world and so researchers are examining all the elements involved in the games. Lately the affective gaming has received much attention as the gaming community recognizes the importance of emotion in the development of engaging games for the gaming market.

The current study examined an investigation into the human voice feedback audio on casual video games and tested if the addition of human voice feedback audio compared to musical feedback audio improves the cognitive affect of the user of such a game.


Creative Visualization and Animation

The idea of this visualization is to demonstrate the viewer how the Internet works in an easy to understand and straightforward way. The visualization demonstrates how the Internet equipment communicates to each other and how in general the information packets are transmitted through it.

The final multimedia application was developed using Adobe Flash CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Audition CC. An interface storyboard, a narration storyboard as well as a data-flow diagram were designed as effective visualization needs set goals, clear ideas and good planning.


Advanced Group Project

Powerlearning11+ is the best supported online interactive learning product intended for students looking to complete the CEM eleven plus examination. Our team had to design and create a brand, full marketing plan, brand guidelines, promotional materials mobile applications and fully responsive website to market and promote the annual University of Gloucestershire computing exhibition COMX14. This project was selected by the University to be used as the new brand for COMX14 and contributed to the most successful exhibition to date. The product was delivered to a client based in Gloucestershire.

As the Project Manager I achieved a first class mark 78% for my strong performance and all our team members achieved a first class mark as well. I overviewed the project using Redmine and I enabled an Agile management method. Moreover I produced a variety of important documents: Project Management Conventions, Product Specifications, Project Milestones, Minutes Template, Agenda Template. Furthermore I developed two interactive applications for iOS using the following technologies: ActionScript3, Adobe AIR, Greensock GSAP, PHP, Zend Framework, MySQL, Javascript as well as the networking protocol RPC-AMF to enable communication between the application and server.


Advanced Concepts in Gaming

The construction company Pentoikia has as primary line of business the study and construction of buildings, well designed and implemented. Pentoikia’s aim is to offer functional architectural solutions and to construct buildings based on technical expertise, top quality work and respect to the environment.

Pentoikia’s Architectural Visualization is a client project and it was designed based on architectural plans. I used Autodesk 3ds Max for modeling, texturing and rendering.


Digital Web Marketing

The website was coded from the scratch and has been validated for correct use of the latest technologies such us HTML5, CSS3 using W3C validator. There was use of the Adobe Photoshop CC for designing graphics and storyboards, Adobe Illustrator CC for designing the layout template and Adobe Dreamweaver CC as the main code editor. Through this module I learn the principles and methods for designing and building multimedia web products for marketing.


Multimedia Application Development Assignment 1 & 2

Disperato is an iOS & Android game that was built using ActionScript3 utilizing the Greensock GSAP engine for the animations. The game was tested by the audience at COMX13 Exhibition at University of Gloucestershire and a usability study was given to them to collect feedback. The game was then published on “Gloucestershire Echo” newspaper.

People strongly agreed that they find the graphics of the game appropriate with a score of 4.92 out of 5. People find the game almost extremely addictive with a score of 8.67 out of 10. People achieved an average score of 30.33. People strongly agreed that they would download and play this game again if it was free on Apple Store with a score 4.6 out of 5. People were satisfied with the application with a score of 90.8 out of 100.


3D Animations for Games – Assignment 2

I’ve been awarded at COMX13 Exhibition of University of Gloucestershire for our team project. The aim of the project was to create a high quality animated film for a unique game scenario using Autodesk 3ds Max and Adobe After Effects.

My contribution in the team was to design and animate a representation of the ancient Troy based on information gathered from Historical books. Furthermore, different animations like Smoke (Particles system) and Curtains (Cloth Modifier, Wind Forces) were added to the stage in order to enhance animation realism.


Mobile Application Development – Assignment 1 & 2

An native mobile application that works on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, webOS, Symbian, Windows Phone and features an interactive student attendance check list for tutors.

Through this module I enhanced my programming skills focusing upon issues and techniques specific to applications for mobile platforms. In order to develop this application I made use of the following technologies: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, Phonegap Framework, Apache Cordova, WebKit, Geolocation API, Xcode and Adobe Dreamweaver.

For the needs of Assignment 2, the application was coded in Java for Android to enable the Phone, SMS, Email, Toast and Vibration native functions of Android devices. In order to improve the application polymorphism a XML reader was implemented to read the student information dynamically at run-time.


3D Animations for Games – Assignment 1

Through this module I achieved to evaluate a variety of techniques for building 3D models and animations, design and apply appropriate textures to models, demonstrate knowledge of various rendering techniques such us Mental Ray, evaluate the issues relating to the design and rigging of a 3D character.

In order to design the video I made use of Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Audition.


Digital Media Design and Development – Assignment 2

An interactive, web and mobile delivered multimedia product which allows a user to discover cultural information about Malta and Romania through an engaging and playful way. I order to develop this application I used the Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition and Adobe Dreamweaver.


COMX12 Exhibition Award – School of Computing & Technology

One of my happiest moments as a first year student!


Introduction to Web Development – Assignment 2

A dynamic interactive website for Cheltenham based students that helps them to find interesting places to visit. This is a team work project that follows a client like brief.

The technologies I used are HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, SPRY objects, a custom made PHP dynamic content system, MySQL Database, Style Switcher Script for accessibility, Google Maps API in combination with Shadowbox Script, ActionScript3, Greensock TweenMax, WordPress and WC3 Validators. Futhermore I arranged a students meeting at the green screen room where I shoot them to create an interactive component.


University of Gloucestershire

COMX12 is an end of year exhibition that provides a showcase for the technical, aesthetic and project management skills of Multimedia, Computing and Interactive Games Design students in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Technology at the University of Gloucestershire.

In order to design the banners I used Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. The most time consuming part was to read the 69 pages of the University Brand Guidelines document in order to understand how to design something consistent to the University’s design standards.


Digital Media Design and Development – Assignment 1

Through this project I achieved a high level of understanding of multimedia design, principles of design – layout, color, typography as well as I gained practical skills in the development of multimedia applications. Furthermore I practiced techniques such as Vector Drawing, Animation, Shape Tweens, Character Bones Animation, Lightbox feature developing and Storyboarding.

In order to develop the application I made use of a range of creative tools such as ActionScript3, Adobe Flash Professional, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Audition. Additionally I made use of my Patterns Technique which my tutor asked me to demonstrate in the class to the other students attending my course.


Freelance Music Festival Manager

I managed the first and biggest student music festival in Greece. Summerway festival became a famous name in the underground scene of Athens as thousand of people attended. The festival sold over 1500 tickets and in the course of this job I sold over 5000 tickets.

The Festival was sponsored by Jam2Studio.gr who offered soundtrack demo recordings and many hours of live recordings, as well as Tokotoukan.gr who offered a large number of t-shirts for the festival’s winners.


Broadcasting/Streaming Web Application

Through this project I created a small music community in my city and gave the opportunity to me and my friends to easily broadcast and share music online.


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