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FIRE FLOWERS
AND A TIME MACHINE

EXPERIMENTAL MULTIMEDIA PORTAL

Photo by Erin X. Smithers

 
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SITE DETAILS

CHALLENGE

Design a choose-your-own-adventure style website, allowing viewers to select video performances to watch as they move through the portal

WEBSITE

Fire Flowers and a Time Machine was a collection of live, outdoor performances including monologues, poetry, dance, and ritual.

 

For the virtual iteration of this project, I was asked to design a website where viewers could watch the Fire Flowers performance recordings within a linear structure that honored the original narrative of the live experience. Storytelling was integral to both the user experience and the core concept of Fire Flowers and a Time Machine.

To establish this structure, groups of videos were organized into stages, allowing viewers to move through each stage and select one among a few video options (effectively replicating the programming of the live performances). See the Courtyard stage below as an example.

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DESIGN

A dark palette was chosen to immerse the viewer in the portal and emulate the feeling of the evening performances: black, pink, charcoal, orange. An unintrusive sans-serif was chosen to guide viewers through each stage.

Photos taken at the live performances of Fire Flowers and a Time Machine were used as thumbnails for each video performance, and banners for each stage.