For this design, I was aiming for something intuitive and simplistic, while still holding true to the spirit of The Tempest. The **six large frames towards the bottom of the screen would hold pictures for each of the category pages. The small boxes under that would work as a navigation bar. Ideally, I would like to implement a feature like others we have seen in archives where when you mouse over the image and a short sentence would come up describing each category. I intend to use the font "Centaur," with the all caps for the navigation bar, in white letters to provide some contrast with the background at the bottom. I wanted everything to be aligned in a simplistic way to make things easy to find and the minimalist approach is appropriate for the modern and chic vibe that Nashville tries to embody. I chose that font because I felt like it portrayed distinction, while looking a little majestic. Given the strong themes of forgiveness and whimsy underlying the work, I wanted something that looked like it came out of an old story book.
I used this particular gradient swatch as my background because I felt like it appropriately portrayed depth of the story, while the color recalls the shipwreck in the beginning.
My logo was important to the over all design of the website because I really felt like it encapsulated the many aspects of this particular work that we are trying to preserve. I decorated a cloak to look like the one that Prospero wears—a sea foam green flowing robe with book pages lining the inside. I did this for several reasons; it was a bold and interesting costume choice that capture the other bold and interesting choices that the director made, it embodied both literature and magic, and the image itself forms a kind of embrace. The notion of embrace or gathering was crucial, as it is at the heart both of The Tempest and the act of archiving.
**I realize now that the frames for photos don't appear in the JPEG, but they are in the original work in InDesign. The logo will go in the large rectangle at the top.