I intend to create an art gallery for Doncaster College that will provide a life-like resemblance to the actual building. The main purpose of the art gallery would be to display the works of the fine art students, giving the users detailed information about each piece with the option to buy each individual piece. The platform that would be used to walkthrough the gallery would be web based, using the unity 3D engine.
One of the main criteria that my gallery would need to fulfil is a definite resemblance to the college, giving users a feeling of familiarity if they have been to the building before or an accurate resemblance for those who haven’t. The client has explicitly stated that the gallery must be as realistic as possible, making any fantasy themed galleries off-limits (such as my initial plan).
Following the explicit requirements of the client, I will create an art gallery resembling the second floor corridors, including assets such as animated doors, fire extinguishers, card scanners that function as door locks, bins and photo frames.
As far as user interaction is concerned, I intend to have a “guide” that would function as the galleries curator. Rather than being a 3D model however, I intend to have the curator a 2D drawing attached to the GUI, displaying a small speech bubbles with information for the user. After the initial zoning in of the player, this would only happen when the user would click on a large question mark icon when viewing a particular art piece, showing information such as the artist, date of creation and the price of each piece if asked. If a user wishes to buy a particular piece of artwork, they will be redirected to a secondary website, allowing the user to confirm their purchase.
Upon further planning, I have decided that my gallery will still take the form of a corridor, however unlike my original revision, this gallery would have four rooms leading off from the original corridor into classrooms, also displaying artwork in each of them. I have decided that this would be much better due to the fact that it would represent college more, along with making the experiance much more interesting for the user.