Musical Explorers is a free curriculum created by Carnegie Hall for students in grades K-2.
Create an interactive map that educators and parents can use to teach children about different artists' genres and cultures. The map will be used in classrooms as part of the Musical Explorers curriculum.
The map needed to be flexible enough to accommodate new artists that would be added over time. Also, the underlying framework of the map needed to be built so that it can be reused for future interactive experiences.
The map was designed to connect students in grades K-2 to diverse musical communities as they build fundamental music skills. Each program is made up of three artists who each represent a different musical genre and cultural tradition. Because it is an educational resource, it was critical to create a world map that accurately portrays the different artists' regions and influences.
Designing for flexibility was important as each artists' curriculum could include video, audio, and photography.
Finding a balance between Carnegie Hall’s existing web styles, the Musical Explorers print material, and making the map feel unique was the main challenge of the visual design.
Combining bright colors and textures with Carnegie's polished type styles give the map a kid-friendly feel while keeping it consistent with their other digital products.
The map launched in January 2020 and we have since added six new artists to support the expanding curriculum.
Big Human has also used the underlying map framework to create an orchestra map for Carnegie Hall which is currently in development.