Menzies’ 1941 Diary

We designed a site showing excerpts of Menzies’ diary during his trip to London in 1941 with a responsive interface and 1940s feel.

Client:Museum of Australian DemocracyVisit the website

In 1941 Prime Minister Robert Menzies went to wartime London to secure Australia’s defence position.

Menzies’ diary is a candid record of decision-making in foreign and military policy, including his doubts over the leadership style of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. There is no known equivalent in Australian political history, and the diary would undoubtedly have been political dynamite if it had fallen into the wrong hands during the war.

Our job was to design and build a website of extracts from the diary in a readable and engaging way. Focusing on the typography and large photographs, together with an overall 1940’s flavour, we created a simple and responsive layout. The site is built using Middleman and is served super-fast via Amazon’s content delivery network, CloudFront.

Menzies Diary - Landing page

The landing page of the Menzies Diary website

Detail view - Menzies on War

Detail view of a diary excerpt

Responsive design - Tablet dimensions

Menzies Diary website shown at iPad dimensions
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