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War Without Borders: top marks

Posted in Journalism by Adam Westbrook on June 9, 2009

Tracey Boyer over at Innovative Interactivity has already written about this new interactive from the New York Times…but it’s so good, I had to write about it too.

New York Times: War Without Borders

New York Times: War Without Borders

At the centre of its sleek design: a large window, which plays a 10 minute film, broken down into 6 chapters. Each chapter tells a different part of the story so you can easily navigate through it.

If you break it right down, there’s not too much to this, visually: a map animation, some titles, one video interview, and some photographs.

But I love this because it’s not just a great piece of multimedia; it’s not just a great interactive. This is a fantastic piece of visual storytelling – and it betters anything I have seen in a TV news film for a long time. The colours, the transitions, even the map is the sexiest thing I’ve seen in ages.

Unless traditional  TV producers learn to experiment with more creative visual styles, the internet will soon become the place for great visual storytelling.