Archaeological project website

Recording Cultural Genocide

Using cutting-edge technology, we uncover the truth about cultural genocide and mass killings: to ensure that the stories of all who were victims are shared and to demonstrate where racial hatred and intolerance can lead.

Background:Personal stories in global history

While I’d consulted The Centre of Archaeology while establishing the 3D Scanning Labs at Staffordshire University, this was my first project with them undertaken in a private capacity.

As such, much of this project involved my gaining a clear understanding of their fundamental goals, values and how they pertained to this project.

Personal stories

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.

Recording Cultural Genocide

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:

Centre of Archaeology

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.

Recording Cultural Genocide

Mobile responsive

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.