Podcast “The road of iGEM”
As we refer to in “Communication”, not only do we want to remind an education project, we also expect it to be comprehensive. Accordingly, we read some articles about the COVID's impact of COVID-19 on education and talked with the students who have studied about the Teacher Education Program in the school. Hence, we realized that the virtual education online during the epidemic represents the convenience brought by technology. However, this learning model also reveals the gap in education between the rich and the poor. We noticed that the students in some rural villages might not have computers and other types of equipment, and they may only have online courses through the small screen. Therefore, we decided to use podcasts to deliver information by aural to reduce the burden on the eyes. Also, audio is a more efficient method to deliver the message to remote areas, and there will be no restrictions on time or location. Moreover, we can promote it to multiple countries through iGEM teams all over the world. We genuinely hope it can reduce the wide education gap.
Although many students in colleges and universities have learned about synthesis biology in Taiwan, it is still a new concept for most of the public, especially students under eighteen. However, like the purpose of iGEM, which is to make sure synthetic biology gets developed everywhere by everyone, people worldwide could have different imaginations about how far synthesis biology could go. There are always brilliant ideas that can come true through synthesis biology despite age, social state, or nation. Therefore, we set our audiences to the students over junior high, hoping to introduce them to synthetic biology in an easy and fun way.
Presentation video style
The presentation video means to show how the scientific details of our project are communicated. (Such as project design, results, and data analysis). It should also highlight our Human Practices work and other activities our team carried out. The virtual format offers more flexibility than a traditional in-person presentation indeed. However, most of the participants may still use slides and narrator as the presentation technique. It may sound boring to keep looking at slides and listening to someone for such professional content; Therefore, we want to express our achievement in a more vivid narrative. We came up with an idea, which can adjust the form of presentation video and illustrate one part of our human practice achievement at the same time. That is to make our present itself one episode of our podcast. In this way, with the speech of the host and respondent, we can gradually uncover the full view of our project. Also, some interesting dialogue and slides will be used to assist the depiction of the story.
While browsing the colorful Wikis of previous iGEM teams, we noticed that many of them did great jobs in visual design, and some even paid attention to the different needs of the masses. The good design award (The good design award) held since 1957 has put forward the elements that they think a good design should have according to its selection criteria. We refer to these keys to designing our web pages and graphics.
For Humanity, our understanding about it is similar to UI/UX. UI stands for user interface, and it emphasizes the aesthetics of the entire design and focuses on the visual beauty and the comfort it brings. Based on this concept, we used the Athelas font that was designed by José Scaglione and Veronika Burian. It is clear, elegant, and easy to read.
For standard colors, we used a photo of the pine trees taken by our team while filming the promotion video to capture this harmonious color scheme. We hope that while seeing the color scheme, the viewer can associate it with pine trees in the subconscious, thus connecting to our project.
In addition, we hope we can take the different needs of the masses into account, so we consider the visual experience of colorblind people. We use Adobe color's color-blindness-friendly tool to detect whether our color matching is color-blind-friendly. The result we got is shown below, and we can see that even different color blindness can easily identify the shape of our logo.
UX stands for user experience, and it emphasizes the process of user experience while using the websites. For example, we designed a button at the bottom right of the webpage to return to the top through clicking. This design is in line with the habits of most people, and it brings convenience to users. Based on our own experience, we also notice that when there is a lot of text on the page, it is often difficult to find the point we want to read quickly. Therefore, we also set a corresponding shortcut key (2) that is always on the left even when the page is sliding down to make the websites more convenient to use. Finally, we also set that when the mouse moves to the button, there will be a color change (3), making the user see more clearly about the target.
This is the first time for our team to design a webpage. We try to use our own experience to imagine those possible difficulties from the perspective of users and try our best to solve them. We hope it can give you, the viewer, a good experience while browsing it.