When assigned the task of creating a product focused on a person whom I find inspirational, there was really only one person I thought of; and that was novelist and vlogger, John Green. My main reason for selecting John Green above all other figures was, not only is John incredibly gifted with his writing, but from watching his video blogs, along with his brother’s (Hank Green), and following him on social media such as Twitter and Tumblr, I found him very genuine, real, and dedicated to the “nerdfighters”.
Not only that, I am a very huge fan of his books An Abundance of Katherine’s, The Fault in Our Stars, and Looking For Alaska. In terms of an “inspirational” human being, he has contributed to projects, like creating the ‘Project for Awesome’, which helps raise money for charities and non-profit organisations. Researching more about Green, I firstly went to his own website. I didn’t want my website to, in any way, feel like his own. To get around this, I very much re-designed what my website was going to look like, as my paper based design and sketches looked slightly like his own website. I didn’t want the colours used to relate, so I changed the layout and the colour scheme.
During the research period, I came across a special part of John Green’s website that gives his fans information if they were to ever right about him in a school report; I used this to my advantage when structuring my website design. As well as that, I could not find anything similar to what I planned to create. To set apart my own website, I then planned to make an online forum for his fans to talk about him and discuss his books and YouTube videos in a space that was completely independent from his own website.
Because he writes books aimed at the teenage/young adult market, I decided to select my target audience between the ages of 16-30.