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SXSW and multimedia from the DMN
August 10, 2006, 1:59 pm
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The huge and amazing annual SXSW event is ready for 2007. Enter your films, videos, interactive work and music at 2007.sxsw.com — or just plan to attend: Austin, Texas, March 9-18, 2007 (for all my international visitors, be informed that Austin is not much like the rest of Texas).

The reason I happened upon the site for SXSW 2007 was that Cyberjournalist linked to a big online package by the Dallas Morning News with wall-to-wall coverage of the 2006 event (get a login at BugMeNot). The link at Cyberjournalist didn’t work, but I dug around and found the package anyway. Wow! I’m glad I did!

Links below the scroll go to plain text stories from the newspaper — but the playlist at the right side of the anchor page unabashedly offers up all the multimedia coverage of the events, and it’s fantastic! There’s a ton of video and numerous podcasts. The audio on some of the videos I watched had too high a data rate, resulting in stopping and starting, but don’t let that deter you. This package represents an incredible effort from a news organization that just two or three years ago had no multimedia on its Web site.

One thing that makes this package a standout is the overall design. It’s truly an integrated package, with consistent graphics and bespoke contollers. Karen Dee Davis of the Dallas Morning News has a credit line for multimedia on everything I looked at, and if she’s responsible with the overall consistency, then I tip my hat and bow in her direction.

Notice how even though each linked element opens in a new full-size window, you don’t have to scroll down to see the content. The ad is at the bottom, where it belongs. There’s a completely consistent treatment of multimedia elements and of the text stories, so you learn very quickly what to expect, and you can relax and enjoy the content. Each multimedia element is a single-screen design with no scrolling. Sweet!

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Does this mean you are planning to attend?

Comment by Craig

Ha, it would be nice. But probably not.

Comment by Mindy McAdams

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