In 2007 Fred Ritchin, professor of Photography and Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, asked me to help develop a new model for an internet newspaper.
We chose the model of a map that allowed users to zoom in and explore depth in a story or subject as well as geographically. You can try a “click-through”
here. I’ve also create a rough walk-through (above).
Annotated Image Gallery (click to begin)
We conceptualized the interface for a globe you can spin around and see headlines for world news. Much like any news aggregator, you can customize your news sources
You can select a story and then click to find out more
Selecting Romney’s profile, we see a brief bio and different subject areas behind him
We can click behind him, or use the depth slider on the right, to view some of the topics that are related to the man
Clicking on “Massachusetts Governor” gives us a synopsis of his time as Governor, while still giving us the option to explore same level subject ares (at the bottom), or return to the original Romney page (at top)
Or we can dive in deeper and explore some of the issues that defined Romney’s time in Massachusetts
Similarly, we can zoom into geographic location, and see the latest news for San Francisco.
We can use the timeline feature to go back in time and see the news from a specific day, month, or year
We can also search by topic using the search bar at top left
If we search for “oil spill” in while in San Franciso, we get results for the Cosco Busan spill form 2007
Choosing to explore the story in more depth, we are given several different media options, such as watching uploaded videos
We can also see a recreation of what area the oil spill covered, during and after cleanup
Selecting the image gallery gives us a selection of photos related to stories about the oil spill
Selecting a photo in the gallery gives us a headline related to the photo, allowing for further exploration
We can also choose to explore an annotated panorama
Sections of the panorama are automatically tagged by any story or media that includes geocoding information and relevant keywords
Viewers can click for more information on any tagged areas
Viewers can also tag sections of the panorama themselves
Once tagged, users can share photos or comments