CARMEN ABROAD

a portrait of Célestine Galli-Marié as the character Carmen in 1883

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. Challenge accepted!

We had the privilege both to code an entirely re-imagined interactive map, and also improve the UX of the whole site — with an eye towards having the design help celebrate the transnational phenomena of Bizet's 1875 opera, Carmen.

Scope

Our studio used the site redesign as a chance to overhaul the entire data architecture: migrating from Excel to an online spreadsheet, creating a repeatable workflow, automating the propagation of updates to the front-end on WordPress.

  • web development
  • conversion of data into both javascript and WordPress/MySQL
  • new features for the interactive map
  • integration of a dynamic timeline
  • vast improvement of Search capabilities
  • beautiful, distinctive landing pages