I looked at 4 different digital history projects: Virtual Pauls Cross Project, the Eugenic Rubicon, the American Panorama, and Gilded Age Murder. These four projects used excellent visuals, concise information, and easy navigation to make viewing them easy and enjoyable.

Virtual Paul’s Cross is perhaps my favorite. The project attempts to recreate the feeling of the crowd based on their position in the courtyard during John Donne’s Gunpowder Day sermon. The combined use of paintings and audio really drew me into that moment of history. I don’t feel that there are any unsuccessful elements of this website and it seems very well planned and executed. The idea of giving detailed information on the time and place and events surrounding the subject of the topic is something I would like to incorporate into my project.

The Eugenic Rubicon is a project on the view and treatment of those with mental health problems in California specifically. The website does something unique in that it guides the user from page to page along a linear route. While there is a table of contents from which the user may take any path they wish, the site is designed to be moved through almost like a museum exhibit. I think this a creative idea and works for this site, but I prefer to have all the information spread out before me. I would avoid incorporating a style like this into my project.

The American Panorama project is a historical atlas of the United States with modern mapping and research techniques. The home page is simple and makes the site look the same upon first glance, however something truly amazing lies underneath. The sight has a list of maps that take interactivity with mass census data to new heights. The site works excellently and its theme, layout, and design are all spectacular. The site has a rather specific use and so does not apply very much to my project, but the design of the site has given me ideas in regards to layering pages and linking them through images.

Finally, the Gilded Age Plains City project. This project has the most I think I could directly take inspiration from, especially its map. The map is very detailed and easy to interact with; it gives you a layout of the city in a way that I might use in my project with the building and murals on campus. The color palette for the site is understandable, it takes a similar hue to old photographs from the late nineteenth century, but it is not very visually appealing. That combined with the buttons looking very dated makes for a visually unimpressive site. The content is exceptional and the layout fairly standard; bottom line, I enjoyed looking at the site the least, but its map is a great source of inspiration for my project.

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