Mapping Colonial America
This is an aged project, but I still really love it. It’s an award-winning online exhibit, built in Flash, that provides a showcase for Colonial Williamsburg’s collection of antique maps. An interactive timeline and zoom feature allow for in-depth learning. CDs were also produced for retail sale with an additional “Compare to Modern Map” feature.
Awards: 2006 Official Honoree of Annual Webby Awards, International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences; 2006 Gold Award, W³ Awards; 2005 Outstanding Website WebAward, Web Marketing Association
It may be a bit crowded compared to today's standards, but back then it was fairly standard. The deep red contributes to a sense of history while the pop-out map highlights the current feature.
Integrated navigation and timeline
Using lots of fun, custom ActionScript, I created a drag-and-drop timeline. Once dragged-and-dropped, the historical text timeline and the active map animate to the same date, and vice versa. All of the animation in the exhibit was done using ActionScript.
Preset zoom inset into text
Using Zoomify, I was able to provide inline links to view parts of the map referenced in the text.