Well, those are good points Chachi. Hopefully since this is a fluid medium they
will consider adding more of the academic focused Information for a version
I didn't mean I disliked it. It sucked me in for longer than I care to
admit. Beautiful, navigable, immersive...lots of good things to say. It's
just the substantive content that is lacking. The problem is that the artsy
people depicted in the Laycock Center panorama didn't just do the design;
they supplied the informative content, and they chose things they found visually
interesting, rather than think about what impression of BYU they were conveying.
Hence:- The only science-related video is the Splash Lab one, which
gives the impression that "science" at BYU consists of dudes smashing
stuff and videoing it because it looks cool.- An info box informs us that
law school journals are a good place to meet other students. No mention of any
scholarly purpose.- The Benson and Widtsoe (science), Talmage (math and
computer science), and Clyde and Crabtree (engineering) buildings get zero
coverage.- Social hangout spots (bowling, The Wall, dorm lounge, Wilk)
covered extensively.- Lavish media details the sports complex (6 different
360-degree indoor panoramas plus 5 panoramas of outdoor facilities), while I can
only recall two views of a lecture hall/classroom and none of a laboratory.- Virtually nobody seen studying.
Wow, the only comments so far are negative? I'm pretty impressed. I thought
the panorama photos were excellent (loved seeing the view from the Carillon
tower) and navigating from place to place was very fluid for me and a better
experience than Google streetview. As far as showing people's faces, how do
you know they didn't get permission? If you go in the Alumni building there
is a video about academic excellence at BYU.
Not sure why it'd be an issue for faces to be shown. My main complaint is
that the embedded videos, comments, information icons, etc. tend to emphasize
the fun, creative, artistic, and social aspects of BYU, at the expense of
academics. It gives the impression that this is a kind of cheesy place for a
bunch of young Mormons to hang out with each other. BYU generally has very high
academic standards and expectations, and that is not well conveyed.
I suppose it's awesome that students did this but it's just a poorly
performing streetview-like product without the pics down the hallways. Also
concerning is that no faces have been blurred. Surprising that a faculty mentor
would allow this to be public.