This interactive feature is about the Syrian people who are seeking refuge from civil war in Jordan’s Zaatari Camp.
I like that there is a brief and clear explanation of the article right underneath the large font title. There is a slightly longer explanation of the article right underneath the large photo with a small map thumbnail to correlate with the discussed regions.
The next section has a large grid that shows the rapid growth of the Zaatari camp territory. There is an automatic slideshow feature to show the increasing occupation of the camp throughout the months. I really like the fact that each month is labeled at the bottom of the grid, which allows the viewer to click on the month they want to see without waiting for the slideshow.
Right under the slideshow is a video with a brief explanation. I like the fact that the video did not automatically play and that it did not play in another window. The same thing repeats in the following section: a photo slideshow with a small video underneath.
The last, and arguably best feature of the webpage is a color coded rolling map of the camp itself. The map zooms in and around with the hovering scroll of the mouse.
Initially, I thought this web page was going to be boring because of the downward scroll. Normally I don’t like downward scrolls because they make me feel like I am overwhelmed with too much information if I’m scrolling for a long time, which means I won’t read the piece. This interactive feature was user friendly and gave the viewer control over the site without having to do too much navigating. I thought the layout was simple, but neat. I really enjoyed the fact that every media section had a brief text explanation. Through the pictures, videos, maps and writing, I feel like I have grasped what the article is about. Overall it was an effective interactive article.