The Chernobil disaster is a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe. The effects of this massive nuclear explosion will disappear in almost 900 years. It is, indeed, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history.

Pixel Press project seeks to give us a portait of the effects of this accident. It is one of the first multimedia project so it employes a very easy and not sophisticated interactivity. This is my least favourite project mostly because I did not enjoyed the structure of the project and the photos. I am aware of the effects of Chernobyl accident because my country experienced its effects in terms of food contaminations and diseases, which mostly occurred between 1986 and 1989. In this period, indeed, the amount of tumours and deformities was three times above the average. Thus, the project does not suggest the impact and the effects properly. Besides, photos and descriptions are nor chronologically neither logically ordered. It seems that the aim of the project was just reporting something about the accident just as an example of interactive storytelling. The audience of this project, indeed, is made up of people engaged with interactivity whose aim is improving it and experimenting alternative applications.

Besides the project is not sized for mobile devices but this is due to the fact that it was one of the first to be realized, a sort of pilot project.


FIRESTORM by The Guardian

Absolutely engaging with an appropriate employment of interactivity. I had no idea of the firestorm that happened in Tasmania and this project documented me about it in details and effectively.

I really appreciated the scroll down and the possibility of reading short and simple descriptions about what happened with evocative animated pictures in the background. It seemed to be part of that picture and to be able to smell the burning straw and the ash.

A multitasking project, easy to handle and effective. The audience could be any person who would like to know what happened during that firestorm. Besides, it is a recent project, so it has been created to be easily displayed also on mobile devices (I have just tried to display it on my Iphone and it is perfect!).



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