In addition to compelling videos, Soul of Athens used interactive graphics and user interactivity (using a Flickr group) to create the strongest multimedia Web site in this category. Every aspect was very well done. We especially appreciated the use of interactive graphics to visually explain the population of Athens and the Ohio University Eco House. These graphics harnessed the power of the web to add an additional layer to the storytelling.
We awarded honorable mentions to the University of North Carolina photography workshop project “On the Line” and Media Storm’s “Black Market.” We felt the timeline in “On the Line” brought together the stories being told through video on the site. “Black Market” provided extended video commentary which enhanced the video presentation of the main story. We also liked the inclusion of comments and the transcript.
These are some big wins, and I can’t wait to see how the VisCom school at Ohio University does next year. There is some phenomenal talent there this year, and I can only hope to work with some of them in the future.