Leveraging the templates built for Crisis Guide: Pakistan, the guide opens to the full width and height of the user’s browser window, centering the main content of the site in the screen and focusing the user’s attention to the main content. For further immersion, the user can full screen the site as well as full screen each video.
For the overview video, our team worked in conjunction with The Council on Foreign Relations to come up with a compelling script. We sought to create a structure that stayed faithful to their intentions, while simultaneously allowing us to create a cinematic experience, one that offered the viewer an opportunity to reflect on the information presented.
Technically, the guide is templated in Flash and editable by CFR staff through external XML files. Each chapter is built on an organized structure that allows for a variety of displays of information from images, graphs, interactive maps, and video, allowing the user to approach information in different ways.
A new interactive chapter was created to illustrate Iran's internal power hierarchy, in the form of a dynamic XML-driven structure chart, detailing the relationships between the multiple levels of authority.
Like the Crisis Guide: Pakistan that came before it, users who visit the site on an iPhone or iPad are able to see an alternate but limited version of the site that offers the overview video for viewing, fulfilling CFR's wishes of presenting alternative content to those devices that do not support Flash.
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