To turn 60 pages of appendices in a book manuscript into a compelling companion website — all on a budget
auut studio collaborated with Dr. Evan Faulkenbury at SUNY-Cortland to visualize years of his archival research: every grant the Voter Education Project ever made during the 1960s. His “Mapping the VEP” project makes this research accessible at the fingertips of any reader — and hopefully now can be an insightful lesson in more US classrooms.
In layman’s terms? The VEP is what shifted the primary focus of the Southern Freedom Movement from ending segregation to gaining the right to vote. These were hundreds of grassroots registration drives that ran across the South.
With our studio’s help, Dr. Faulkenbury has charted a map of the war against Jim Crow. That institution, spanning some 80 years, was struck dead in less than 6 years, once a Black-led campaign got the funding it needed.
To keep down the overall cost, we focused on building a single webpage for the interactive map. This was added into Dr. Faulkenbury's WordPress site.
Our studio took this project full-cycle, from doctoral appendices in MS Word to a final website written with Mapbox.js and Chart.js:
- conversion of tables into machine-readable format
- design of an original “1960s themed” basemap
- concept sketches for charts and graphs
- web development
Our studio couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some flair: we thought the basemap should pay homage to the aesthetics of the ’60s. Typewriters, note cards, fabulously sallow greens.
— Evan Faulkenbury, PhD