The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation had several requirements for the WTC Site Memorial Competition website, sensitivity being the first and foremost. The site needed to accommodate 3 main phases of the competition while handling spontaneous announcements, members of the press and, well, just about the entire world.
At launch, it announced and showcased the competition finalists. Next, when a winner was chosen, the site’s entire focus shifted literally overnight to handle the announcement and showcase the winning design while still maintaining the finalist designs. Finally, the site opened up all 5201 submissions to the public as a virtual exhibition.
Launch dates for each phase promised millions of hits from users all over the world, on just about every connection speed and device that existed. The design had to be limited to the capabilities of HTML and allow for only anorexic page weights. It also had to please the government, the city, and especially the families of the victims of both the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center attacks.
Role: User Experience Design