Take a Walk on Your Lunch Break

Lunch Break Walk

So today I got to take a walk on my lunch break between my internship and work. For those of you who are just tuning in and wondering why it looks like a residential area…well it is! Although I have no idea where my future will take me, I’ve had the privilege of working out of my house for the past 2 years now and it’s one of the most rewarding, yet occasionally draining, things that I have done in my career.

Since we have been discussing location-based narratives in detail, I want to make sure I can explain this as thoroughly as possible. The concept is as easy as layering content on-top of physical locations in order to change the story in one way or another. However, what I really want to explain is how my perception of everyday things as simple as my street and my house can be so drastically interpreted based on the audience.

To me, as I have lived in Johnstown my entire life, this photo speaks volumes. It’s more than just a “nice view”. There is a lot for someone like me to gather in this photo such as general observations like the similar shrubbery and housing architecture found throughout the city. However, there are minute details that only I could pick up on, such as my neighbor’s lawn that is treated by Beauty Lawn every week or the part of the tree branch that was cut out and left in the power lines in the distance. This location is not only memorized like the back of my hand, but it has a personal history that no one else would be able to share with it. This is where I believe the true beauty of location-based narratives lies.

For these reasons, I think it should be fairly obvious why I ended up creating “My Office” as I did. For other people, my family included, my office might just be a hodgepodge of clutter. Yet, each and every single item has a place and value in my mind. Not only did this piece help me realize the different perspectives that an audience could have, but it also allowed me to expand into other technical areas as well. As you take a look at my location-based narrative,  I encourage you to read over the technical background of the project. Although it’s at a pretty high level of abstraction, remember that you can always right click and inspect element (or view page source) in order to see the entirety of a website’s HTML (and therefore all other attached CSS and JavaScript). It’s worth a peek at the very least! I hope you enjoy this project as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

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