When Dr. Clair Rowden approached auut studio to assist with the Phase 2 enhancements to CarmenAbroad.org, we could not have been more excited. This project needed to use the best mapping tools available to explore both geographical and temporal relationships simultaneously. The problem is: a WordPress architecture has no good options for that.
Not so helpful Google plugin 🙁
There was only one design prerogative given to us: to extrapolate from the forthcoming book cover, which utilized a single image.
Our studio sought to find ways for the visual aesthetic to celebrate the transnational phenomena of Bizet’s 1875 opera, Carmen. The interactive map would be a centerpiece of the project’s humanistic analysis, but as always, we wanted it to be extremely easy to use.
We also used this site redesign as a chance to overhaul the entire data architecture of the DH project. We migrated the database from Excel to a multi-user, online spreadsheet. We created a repeatable workflow for graduate assistants, automating the propagation of data entry in Google Docs into the back-end on WordPress.
- web development
- code for new features for the interactive map
- integration of a dynamic timeline
- vast improvement to Search capabilities
- beautiful, distinctive landing pages
We had the privilege to bring to life an entirely re-imagined interactive map, and a stunning aesthetic to the whole site: