Exploring the World at Port Macquarie
Touchscreen & web interactive
Exploring the World at Port Macquarie explores how three people – Annabella Innes, William MacDonnell, and Thomas Dick – investigated, recorded and responded to Port Macquarie’s landscapes, plants, animals and people.
The design aesthetic evokes the hand-coloured photographs, hand-drawn diagrams and typography of the era of the Victorian amateur scientist. The perspective background is built from modern satellite imagery combined with photographs and textures contemporary to the period, but represents the area as it was in the 1800s. Modern interface elements are styled to continue this theme, and the scientific animations draw inspirations from the notebooks of the scientists whose work is featured.
We originally developed this site as a touchscreen interactive for the permanent Landmarks exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. Previously, these projects would have been delivered using Flash: we felt that the time was right to use web standards this time around, making the development pathway simpler, and, critically, later deployment online — and to iOS devices — much easier.