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 INTERESTING FACTS about PEACOCKS

Peacock Most people use term "peacock" to describe both male and female birds, but peacock is actually a name that refers to male peafowl. Peafowl belong to pheasant family. These birds are native to Asia. There are two species of peafowl: Indian Peafowl and Green Peafowl. Both types are endangered because of the habitat loss, smuggling and predation.

Male peafowl is called peacock while female is called peahen.
They are one of the largest flying birds. Their length (including tail) can reach 5 feet. They can weigh between 8-13 pounds.

They are omnivores (eat both plants and animals). They like to eat insects, arthropods, amphibians, flowers, seeds…

Their main predators are tigers, leopards, mongoose… When they sense a danger, they fly and hide in the trees. They spend nights on trees for the same reason.

Family of peafowl is called "bevy".
Group of peafowl is called "party".

Beautiful and colorful tails are characteristic only for the males.
Colors of the tail will look different every time you change the angle of looking because of the reflection of the light. Tail feathers have eye-like spots, surrounded with red, green, gold and red feathers.
Tail makes 60% of peacock's total length.

Peahen chooses its partner by the length, width and coloration of the tail.

Peacocks are polygamous (mate with more than one female) and usually form a harem that consists of 2-5 females. Left alone peacocks are very sad and heart-broken.

Although very beautiful, peacocks produce unpleasant sounds.
Females lay 3-5 eggs. Young birds will hatch after 28 days.

One day old baby peafowl can walk, eat and drink without assistance.
Peafowl live up to 20 years both in the wild and in the captivity.

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Review of Literature
 
Introduction
My research focuses on how to build a website to help 5-7 grades children to learn about the Evolution of house cats. Children are more curious than adults and they may hardly understand this whole thing only by reading a traditional book,
There are a lot of information about human evolution process, but seems none of them really focus on the little tiny cats, but they are part of our life, part of someone’s best friend, people may ask how did they come into my life? But you can hardly find a answer easily. So in my thesis project I will find a more interactive way for them to “play” and “see” also “learn” this process of evolution process.
The categories of books or journal articles I need are:
Graphics User Interface books
Typography and Design books
Branding and Identity Design books
Animal Illustration Books
Education guide Books
 
Don’  use the simplest way and comitt Make Me Think! : A Common Sense Approach To Web Usability
By Steve Krug
Web Design Guide Book, NO.2 October 2006
 
The author tried to illustrate the common problems a web designer may encounter about in a humor way, he’s one of the web designers, too. He tries to use the simplest way and comic pictures to explain the usability among web users by discussing about the “The truth” about the right way to design web sites, business models, even “Bad-mouthing” of poorly designed sites. He suggested that don’t design anything, which confuse your target users, just as the book’s title: ”Don’t make them think”, give them the easiest way to figure out what they are looking for. This book helped me in determining a strategic way to build my thesis website structure and component details.
 
 
 
 
White space is not your enemy: a beginner’s guide to communicating visually through graphic, web &multimedia design
By Kim Golombisky & Rebecca Hagen
Typography and web Design Guide Book, NO.1 2010
 
Even the name is White Space is not your enemy, but actually this is a very comprehensive book explained basic idea about design, how to do the research and brainstorm, design element and principles, layout and grid system, how to manage type, color, even motion graphics, at last, it separate into Web and Print two sections. I have to say what a helpful handbook for designer even for normal people without design background; this is a book can teach most things in a easy and clear way. The author is an award-winning teacher and scholar at the School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. Teacher background made this book really teach in a great way. It can guide me not just layout and typography, almost all the detail things in my thesis project.
 
 
Designing Diagrams: Making Information accessible through Design
By Jan Gauguin
Info-Graphic Design Guide Book, No.1 2011
 
This book is an advanced book for Information Design; it explained some basic mathematical principles first, then gives examples about how visual diagrams works and what to do to choose the right forms to present the data in visual way, they make sense easily because this book show the diagram pictures wisely. The author is an experienced English Designer used to teach communication subjects at Kingston University. The book can help me to design some of the information I may use in thesis project, most importantly it shows a process how to create the proper and creative Diagram design, and let me present my data in a better result only using 2D software and ways.
 
Brand Identity Essentials: 100 Principles for Designing Logos and Building Brands
By Kevin Budelmann, Yang Kim, Curt Wozniak
Branding and Identity Design Guide Book, NO.1 2010
 
This book is a fundamental book introduce about basic definition about Logo, brand, identity design and explained about how to create a proper World–class Logo design and branding the company, as the name it just separate the book into 100 different topic to explain what should a designer think about when doing branding and identity, it gives me a lot of useful suggestions and principles to follow, helping me build my own thesis’s Logo and the overall Brand Identity.             
                                                                                                                                                                 
 
INFORMOTION: ANIMATED INFOGRAPHICS
By Tim Finke and Sebastian Manger, Stefan Fichtel
Information and Informotion Design Guide book, No.1 2012
 
Informotion is the first reference book devoted to the fundamentals of creating compelling animated info-graphics. That is still a new field compare to the traditional Information design and Animation production. The book explains basic things about info-graphics and different diagrams forms and designing rules then the special part is it talks about storyboard, narration, how to attract the audience, also how to match the voice and sound into the movie. It gives plenty of movie examples to explain those theories in a vivid way.
The book is definitely helpful because it not only helps with my still info-graphic Design, but also is a great tool to help me make some short motion piece put into my website. 
 
 
 
Disney·PIXAR the art of Monsters, INC.
By John Lasseter and Pete Docter
Animal Illustration reference book, NO.1 2001
 
Monster INC. is a brilliant 3D animation over 10 years ago; this book is the 2D original character design and sketchbook. These not-so-scary monsters looked vividly in this concept art book. It gives me a lot of inspiration about the pre-history animals that I’m going to create. As my target audience is children the character should not be too scary, and the color choice should be some more bright colors. How to control the art style to be funny, vivid and in shape, color, gesture is a big challenge for me.
 
Getting it Right with Type: The dos and don’ts of typography
By Victoria Squire, Hans Peter Willberg, Friedrich Forssman
Typography Guide Book, NO.1 2000
 
This book provides an introduction to the basics of Typography, from basic definition of type world words to the grid and layout of the text design, within this limited page it really combined a lot of features include good and bad example to the readers to learn how can be a better designer by master typography. I like the variety of examples the author gives, it makes the concepts and rules visually show in front of me, easy to comprehend. By reading this book I can design a better Website using the grid system and right typeface.
 
 
Logo, Font & Lettering Bible
By Leslie Cabarga
Logo, Font, Lettering Design Guide Book, NO.1 2004
 
The book is kind of a busy book, it include three main parts, as the title, Logo, Font, Lettering Design. It is a comprehensive guide to the design, construction and usage of alphabets and Symbols. This book provides a very thoughtful tool for the beginner, it almost include everthing, from the introduction of the design history to the tool reader may need to use to the computer software skills. It’s really a step-by-step DIY manual handbook. It give me not only knowledge but also technical help, also bunch of examples to think about my thesis style, typography, logos and other graphic design problems.
 
 
 
The Artist’s Guide to Animal Anatomy: An illustrated reference to drawing animals
By Gottfried Bammes
Animal Illustration Guide Book, NO.1 1994
 
This book starts from the inside of the animal’s body. It presents all the angles of the animal’s body, from bones to muscles and some basic relationship of the different body component. Include details of animal anatomy also apply it to the drawing skills of different situation. It demonstrates how to draw the complex animal figure also how to simplify forms into easily remembered images. I believe this book will be very useful to me as my topic is Animal extinction and I will draw the illustration myself, even it might be abstract animals, I still need to understand the structure of those animals.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Online document:
 
Cat Gap
By Wikipedia-the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_gap#Cat_evolutionSep, 2013
This article talks about how the modern cat evolution happened, what are the possible reasons, like climate and habitat changes, and who’s their ancestor, when this species begin to spread into continents like North America, Asia, Africa and so on. It helps me to get a clue about cat evolution, and let me think about how to bring these ideas and facts into a visual way to children, they might not be able to read a long paragraph including the complex words.  
 
Conclusion
By viewing all these books or articles, I have got a basic idea about my thesis research direction and what to do in my thesis project, those files give me knowledge and inspiration based on my own idea and topic, for my subject I will focus on more interactive ways to present the final project, but it also need to obey the basic design principles and system of solving the Design issues. Overall, literature review is an essential process for me, it open up my mind, gives me the support from those authors who write these books and articles.
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