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Improving Access to a National Memorial

Bluecadet's interactive website for the Lincoln Memorial, commissioned by the National Park Service, offers an accessible and engaging virtual experience, blending thoughtful design with historical reverence.

Roles
  • Lead Developer
Company/Client
  • National Park Service,
  • Bluecadet
Activities
  • Experience Design,
  • Interaction Design,
  • Development,
  • Information Architecture
Recognition
  • Webby Awards: Cultural Institutions,
  • American Association of Museums: Muse Silver Award,
  • Communication Arts: WebPick of the Week
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Bluecadet created an interactive website for the Lincoln Memorial, commissioned by the National Park Service. The project aimed to offer a virtual yet deeply engaging experience of the memorial, emphasizing accessibility and historical reverence.
The Bluecadet project for the Lincoln Memorial stands as a testament to how thoughtful design and technology can be leveraged to create meaningful virtual experiences of historical landmarks, making them accessible and engaging to a broader audience.

Interactive and Self-Directed Tour

Bluecadet developed an interactive tour allowing visitors to explore the Lincoln Memorial in detail. The tour integrated high-quality videos, still photography, and immersive panoramas to create a comprehensive virtual experience.

Immersive Panoramic Photography

Spherical panoramic photography was utilized to capture every inch of the memorial. This approach enabled virtual visitors to “walk” around and explore 21 different vantage points, offering a sensation of being physically present at the site.

Interactive Elements and Detailed Exploration

The panoramas included interactive triggers that revealed detailed still photographs of significant elements of the memorial, which could be explored using an interactive zoom feature.

Integration of Park Ranger Narratives

A key highlight was the inclusion of video interviews with park rangers. Their personal narratives, combined with still photography, on-location video, archival footage, and music, created a powerful and emotive connection to the memorial’s history.

High Accessibility Standards

Ensuring that the experience was universally accessible, the website offered various ways to engage with the content. This included captioned videos, downloadable audio, and an HTML-only version of the site with transcriptions and detailed image descriptions.

Design Philosophy

The design’s success was attributed to its approach of letting the content speak for itself, rather than relying heavily on technological gimmicks. This approach facilitated a more profound connection between the virtual visitors and the memorial, making historical events and figures more relatable and tangible.