Design Rationale: Playing History

This week in Clio Wired: Creating History With New Media each of my classmatees has been diligently working on composing a design rationale for each of our projects. Below is my rationalization. You can also view it as this PDF.

Related to this I thought folks might be interested in the slides for the presentation I gave on Playing History at the American Association of History and Computing’s conference over the weekend.

4 thoughts on “Design Rationale: Playing History

  1. Susan Douglass

    I think Trevor's design is outstanding now. It really surprised me how far it came from the first glimpse I got of it in Clio 1 to the first design ideas in Clio 2, and now this. I think the new header is perfect in color, font, proportion and idea. The different layouts (home page, index of games (scrollable, I assume, through the whole collection?), and then the page of info on each game, are well designed in color and font. I agree there is a lot going on in each one, but the design makes sense. The rust-colored bars keep everything clearly delineated, and the relative weight given to the bars, the font, and the text size makes it work. While I am not a fan of word clouds, it does play a meaningful role in giving an overview of the games available on the site. I hope this site becomes a reality because teachers will LOVE it. Great job, and thanks for your help without snickering on my stuff.

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  2. Maureen Connors

    Thanks for the help last week! The fire bug plugin has been AWESOME! Unfortunately I still haven't figured out how to do the image logo thingy….. I have my meeting with Jeremy, so hopefully I will get that resolved today.

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  3. Raabia

    Hi Trevor,
    Hope you're doing well! Thanks for your suggestions about the RSS feed last week. Just had a question and was wondering if you had any tips. I have the RSS feed URL (see below) that I created via googlenews, but I can't seem to get it to show up on my site (coldwarmemory.com). I want to place it on the Resources page and tried to embed the link and turned on the RSS widget via my dashboard. Any suggestions? Would appreicate it!
    http://news.google.com/news?pz=1&ned=us&h

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