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UX Design-Research

Energy Sharer App: Give & Receive Movie Ideas

User Experience (UX) Design Case Study by Joni Gutierrez

Introduction

Many of us who have been on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic have taken refuge in watching movies at home. This has provided us an unforeseen but welcome opportunity to be exposed to a wider range of movie ideas, filmmakers, styles, and techniques from around the world. In addition to the entertainment and artistic gratification from these creative works, we have been developing a renewed sense of connection with our fellow human beings who we know and feel are in the same boat. Through our shared experience as film spectators, we realize that the enjoyment of films is an essential part of what it is to be human. This resonant condition presents us with the insight that the entire library of cinematic media – now made more easily accessible through online streaming – is an integral part of the heritage of humanity.

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UX Design-Research

Optimizing “Digital Graspiness” in the UX of Vimeo Showcase

User Experience (UX) Design Case Study by Joni Gutierrez

Introduction

A passionate group of filmmakers founded Vimeo in 2004 as a way to beautifully share their videos with the world. As a filmmaker and a satisfied paying customer of this online streaming service, I was excited to hear about the launch in April 2019 of its new feature called Vimeo Showcase that allows users to create video portfolios that artfully display their works.

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UX Design-Research

Courses Taken via LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning was instrumental in my study and practice of User Experience (UX) / User Interface (UI) Design & User Research. Following is a list of courses that I have taken.

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Memories

X-Men Collage

X-Men was a big part of my childhood and teenage years. I especially loved watching X-Men: The Animated Series on TV and collecting X-Men trading cards. I have recently found this collage that I made during my early teens.

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Film Studies Phenomenology

Siegfried Kracauer, Realist Film Theorist

by Jose Gutierrez III

Siegfried Kracauer was ‘as much a social scientist as a film theorist’ (Armstrong, 2007, p. 62). This is evident not just in Theory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Reality (Kracauer, 1960) but also in his (1) articles and reviews as a ‘practical film critic of the Frankfurter Zeitung’ (Petro, 1991, p. 131) of the 1920s and early 1930s; (2) in his book on ‘film sociology’ (Elsaesser, 1987, p. 67), From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological Study of the German Film (Kracauer, 1947); and (3) in History, The Last Things before the Last (1969).

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Memories

Finding a Path at the Crossroads of Meat Eating and Vegetarianism

Note: I submitted this manuscript on 20 October 2014 as my second essay to Professor Guang Xing of the University of Hong Kong, Centre of Buddhist Studies, for the BSTC6058 (Buddhism and Society) course, which I took as a cross-institutional elective for my PhD (Communication & Film Studies) programme at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Introduction

Buddhism was founded by Gautama Buddha (563–483 B. C.) in India about 2,500 years ago (Cheng 2003, 19). During this time – India in the sixth century B. C. – ritual sacrifices that involved the taking of life were practiced (Horner 1967, 2). Two religious systems that flourished during these times, Jainism and Buddhism, took a firm stance “against the prevalence of practices which deprived creatures of life” (Horner 1967, 2). Protection of life lies at the core of the teachings of the Buddha. It occupies the first among five precepts that are considered binding on all who call themselves Buddhists: “1. Not to take the life of any living being; 2. Not to take what is not given; 3. Abstaining from sexual misconduct; 4. Abstaining from wrong speech; 5. Abstaining from intoxicants” (Dahlke et al. 1975, 3).