Interactive Environments: Client Project – Paragon Station

Part of this module, as a collective, we were tasked with an ongoing project that would in turn extend onto the second semester as a Client Project where an external client will be in play, dictating changes and preferences, etc. The particular task, was to recreate Paragon Station in Hull but in its 1914 form (commemorating a 100 years since the beginning of World War I), using research from around that time to ensure its (near) authenticity, although for things we didn’t know or couldn’t find, we had creative license to ‘imagine’ what they would be like. The catch here was, as the train station was host to soldiers leaving for war, they had to be depicted within the level and thus a distinct timeline would need to be created in order for them to be accurately portrayed.

Naturally, the instinct of everyone within the group was to decide on the parameters of the level and what we would include. After a while, we collectively decided on focusing research efforts on 4 main directions; Inside Paragon Station, The external side of Paragon Station, Anlaby Road and Brook Street. Those directions divided the group up equally into research teams, of which I ended up on the Anlaby Road ‘team’.

Since we doubted Anlaby Road would look as similar to what it is now, we decided to scour the internet primarily as a research source, in an attempt to get a better perception of how things looked. I tended to vear off and attempted looking into background information in terms of economic and social issues arising, around 1914 that would have affected the mood and overall morale of the people. There was little in the way of credible Anlaby Road research on the internet, probably because those with the information were preparing to release books on the matter in the same fashion as this project, but we did manage to find this website however: The Anlaby Road and various ‘near’ to date maps (of which will be shown in posts following this). There were plans in motion to get the author of the website, Paul Gibson, to come in for a discussion on the area in 1914, but those plans never came into fruition.

We do have a Wikia available for short snippets of research information (aptly titled Project Paragon), but at present the design and management of it has become convoluted to the point of which, a good portion of the collective group does not know what is needed to be on there, and it has taken a backseat in terms of priority outlets for research, development and information collation.

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