Big news stories mean we suddenly see lots of interactive graphics and multimedia objects popping up everywhere — informational tools that help people explore, process, and distill the details about the events. This week’s Osama bin Laden news was no different.
Within 24 hours of the raid on bin Laden’s compound, dozens of interactive packages—illustrations, maps, graphic, video and timelines — were designed and published.
It’s always a great learning experience to pull together and review multiple projects covering a single event or story. Overall, the examples are similar in tone and style. Well, almost all of them.
For me, one stood out from the rest.
Check out this comic book, napkin sketch design that details the sequence of events.
View the interactive graphic project
We’ve had some great discussions on using comic themes for course designs. And Tom also blogged about designing the right look and feel for your courses earlier this week.
So what do you think? Was this comic design the right look and feel for the topic?
Compare it with Cathy Moore’s graphic novel theme in Connect with Haji Kamal. Both projects are similar in their use of sketchy, hand-drawn elements. In the forums, Cathy described her course design as “edgy,” and notes that “it makes clear that the topic is serious.” Is the UOL interactive equally edgy and serious?
Here are a few more questions I’m toying with as I view the project.
Is this an appropriate design for the seriousness of the story? It’s reported the attack was planned and rehearsed for months. Does the comic style emphasize the precision of the attack or the chaos of the moment? Both?
Does it matter when the project was produced? If the project were sketched hours after the event, would it be any more or less appropriate than if it were produced two days later?
Finally, what types of guidelines or standards do you use when designing new or custom course designs? How do you know when a design theme is too much? Add your comments below or start a new forum discussion.