Teaching Examples

32 remembered (online graphics)
April 23, 2007, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Flash, graphics, journalism, news, online

Compare two presentations that honor the victims at Virginia Tech:

From The Roanoke Times: Individual profiles linked at bottom; individual bios open in a new window.

From The New York Times: Pure Flash, even though some aspects look like Lightbox — but it’s a pure SWF embedded in the page with a database back-end. Links open a new window to individual bios and individual guestbooks.

It feels insensitive to analyze these packages, and yet, journalists had to conceive, design and build them, or else we wouldn’t have them at all. The concept of this style of presentation is not radically new, but the execution requires careful advance planning — before you start building the FLA.

Compare also the design of the two sites’ profile pages (these are just HTML): Here is the NYT page and the Roanoke page for the same student. Compare information, presentation, and links to related information.

Note that the NYT has stripped all advertising from its profile pages.

Profiles about numerous people are created for journalism Web sites (apart from long-form feature profile stories). This is a format for which an organization could create a template.

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