The project already impresses by its mere scope. More than 30 people – professors, students and freelancers – contributed to it. Consequently, the final result is a presentation that offers an enormous amount of information. Structuring such a load of input is difficult, but I think that the makers of Living Galapagos did a great job in doing so. After a pre-loader and a short intro that describes the project in a nutshell, a map of the Galapagos Islands appears.At the bottom corner of the map are buttons for four different sections: stories, people, places and facts. In each category a number of pushpins appear on the map that represent the single chapters. Mousing over the pushpins opens a small preview window that gives an idea of the chapter behind it, and on click, a new “sheet” opens on top of the map with the presentation on it. In addition to the audio-slideshows, the presentation in the stories section also feature links to related information.
Technically, the project is flawless. An intuitive navigation, great audio and image quality and a simple but compelling design all contribute to the success of the presentation. This is a piece of multimedia journalism that the viewer should approach with a lot of time to enjoy the full extent of this project.