The People of Haiti

Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 1.53.58 PMThe featured characters that told their story- http://justthisguy.co.uk/wp-content/archive/5Haitis/flash/output/5Haitis.html

The multimedia work that I decided to check out was “5 Haiti’s” by Simon Kerr. The initial idea was to show the perspectives of different people living in Haiti around the time of the earthquake in 2010. This allowed readers to explore the stories of different characters that are framed by comic panels. The background image was a drawing of Haiti, while there was really soothing background music playing throughout the entirety of the experience.

As I clicked on a character, their panel would be enlarged, as the other characters’ panels would move towards the back a bit. However, although I am focusing on one character when I click on them, everyone else’s story is playing simultaneously.

Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 1.55.04 PMOne of the characters- http://justthisguy.co.uk/wp-content/archive/5Haitis/flash/output/5Haitis.html

The work itself displays moments before and after the earthquake, which made this a powerful piece. Considering the constraint of the panels, I think the author did a great job cutting to the chase and including short, yet powerful and important phrases. What was interesting about this work was when I clicked on one character; I read their panel as a narrative piece. But, when I positioned the panels next to each other, the characters were speaking to each other. I think the author did a great job with keeping the text easy to follow and very entertaining and moving with the illustrations. The soothing music really set the tone for this articulate piece.

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