The team and I were immediately on the same page in terms of how the content needed to be framed – around the people.
Incorporating the names and faces of the specific individuals effected by these events was not only important from a historical standpoint, but in contextualising the atrocities committed against them.
Concision and clarity
The project boasts an incredible wealth of information. Not a single one of the team’s findings is without a considerable backstory. All of these stories are equally important and this represented a challenge to both organisation and design.
Visually, the only stipulation was that the colour scheme be based on that of the Centre’s official logo:
I implemented a very clear, formal grid based system that was consistent across all pages, but allowed enough flexibility for layouts to effectively accommodate their content.
Accommodating varied media
The media itself comprises scientific publications, short films, photo galleries and interactive 3D viewers. A major goal of the design was to seamlessy integrate this content into any part of the main stories. This afforded the team with complete flexibility in how they presented the various narratives.
Although it almost feels redundant to highlight the requirement for the interface work across all devices, it can nevertheless be a difficult sell.
The Centre of Archaeology understood clearly how many of their prospective visitors would be accessing the site via mobile devices across the globe. With this in mind, we took a mobile-first approach and then adapted this core structure to suit larger screen sizes.