The narrative of the global financial crisis was achieved through six different chapters, each approaching the topic through a different form, from cinematic overview to historical interactive timelines to video analysis by experts.
The guide was successful in achieving more independence for CFR in maintaining and producing their content. Each of the six chapters of the guide was built in Actionscript 3.0 to work as a standalone template or packaged within a flash wrapper. CFR staff update the content of the templates through external XML files and customize certain features like color. All the video in the guide is hosted on CFR’s own servers and played through a custom player.
The guide’s design maintains the aesthetic branding set by previous Crisis Guides but has a more streamlined interface and better fits cfr.org’s redesign in dimensions, typography, and colors.
The guide was well received by CFR and the timeline template has been used repeatedly on cfr.org. In 2009, the guide won an Emmy for New Approaches to Business & Financial Reporting. MediaStorm continues to work with CFR on the Crisis Guide series and other multimedia features.
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