App of the Week: Boston Marathon

By Teresa Demel

Boston Marathon

In early June, we announced Runner’s World’s special insert on the Boston Marathon. Runner’s World designed the feature in partnership with Priest + Grace, a design agency that specializes in Digital Publishing Suite. There are times when a DPS app no longer feels like just a publication because it behaves like a documentary. This is one of those cases. The centerpiece of the design is an interactive timeline that serves as a springboard for readers to explore stories of survivors, aids, and marathon participants.

This app of the week video shows:

  • An interactive timeline of the day, built with scrolling frames and nested audio overlays
  • Stories of 20 individuals, created using buttons and multistate objects
  • A map of the United States illustrating tribute runs, created using Adobe Edge

The Runner’s World audience is highly invested in the Boston Marathon, and this insert allows readers to honor the stories of those affected by the bombing. In particular, one article highlights Boston Police Superintendent William Evans who ran the marathon and then stayed awake for another day and a half to work on the city’s relief efforts. Using a nested overlay of audio and slideshow, readers can flip through photos of his day, accompanied by the officer’s narration.

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