American Archive of Public Broadcasting

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston have embarked on a project to preserve for posterity the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60 years. I was fortunate to be able to work with the AAPB to help design and build the online component.

Working with their Dev team we can up with a few solutions focusing on search and discovery for the user. We went through a few iterations of some of the major components looking to combine a “fun” UI for discovering media hosted on the site.

Atomic design priceaples on overdrive with this project. The main destination of the site would be some sort of content listing, like search results or category page, and the post display for any spefiofic piece of media. Similar to a profile page. Making sure we could build upon an atomic design system was imperative.

Browse The AAPB was a presentation of keywords with minimal UI feedback. I felt this was an elegant way to present a list of category level keywords.

Participating Organizations was an attempt to feature the organizations involved but also to convey the scale of the national participation. AAPB suggested the orgs be display on a map. We went through a few iterations and a few more after launch.