Live Hope Love
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingVisit site
Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica
The Pulitzer Center and the poet Kwame Dawes came to us for help with an innovative web journalism project called ‘Live Hope Love,’ which documented the lives of people living with HIV in Jamaica. They needed a site that was sparse yet textured, convenient yet evocative, text-heavy yet visually compelling.
Collaborating with Kwame almost from the project’s inception, we traveled to Jamaica in search of the images that would illustrate his words, and then we built an audio slideshow player that would allow visitors to experience the power of the poems and images in one interactive sweep.
The result is a visually arresting, multilayered, and accessible interactive experience. We included video galleries, image galleries, poetry galleries, and a music player, all easily found through a simple and intuitive navigation. ‘Live Hope Love’ puts a human face on an under-acknowledged struggle, and we like to think we helped.
Press & Awards
Communication Arts Interactive Annual, 2009
“A striking piece that brings the depth of the issue to life. Simple and honest, with personal words, voices and music, it is mindful of the circumstances while being resolutely hopeful. Vibrant photography creates a powerful counterpoint to the seriousness of the subject. ” —Ranee Chung
HOW, Interactive Design Awards, 2009
“The bright forms strike the perfect balance between flash and facts: they create graphs based on current market conditions, but they’re also poetic interpretations of the numbers. ‘This work is absolutely stunning,’ says juror Brien Grant. ‘The idea is clear and the execution is strong. The world’s markets are constantly changing and in motion, and this work really amplifies that essence beautifully.’”
Emmy, New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming, 2009