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Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers

Website Design
Interactive Map

A kid-friendly interactive map to help students learn about Carnegie Hall's artists and music.

Role

I used the existing Carnegie Hall web styles to create a highly interactive map that is both kid-friendly and an informative part of the Musical Explorers curriculum. As the sole designer, I established the structure and style of the map and worked with the engineering team to make it a reality.

Carnegie Hall print materials

Musical Explorers print material

Musical Explorers is a free curriculum created by Carnegie Hall for students in grades K-2. 

Brief

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.

Wireframes

Map Wireframes

Map Structure

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.

Design explorations of the map styles.

Design explorations

Example of a selected musician.
Three mobile screens of the map interactions.

mobile designs

Mobile screens showing a video being played.

mobile interactions

Design elements of the map

Map Design

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.

Composite image of several screens of the interactive map.

View the project here

Carnegie Hall

Client

Results

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.

Teammates

Haley Danylchuk

Product Management

Haley Fiege

Design Direction

Big Human

Engineering

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