The Webby for Good, produced in partnership with WP Engine, is a showcase of Webby-honored projects and campaigns that are promoting social good in the world.
Describe your Webby-nominated project. What is it, what was the elevator pitch?
Before the Second World War, nearly 30% of Warsaw citizens were Jewish, today it’s less than 1%. The Jewish Warsaw project is a guide to Warsaw presented from the perspective of its Jewish citizens - past and present. It tells the story of the Jewish community as well as specific people that influenced Polish history and culture over the last seven centuries. It’s a long-term platform, divided into 3 sections with different narration paths. An important element of the experience is also the connection between historic places and present Warsaw; Explored via Google Maps, this allows the audience to better experience the past.
What key challenges did you face with this project? And how did you overcome them?
"One of the biggest challenges was the enormous amount of material gathered by POLIN Museum of History of the Polish Jews. We needed to find the best way to guide people through this material, offering them intuitive options to explore the site on various levels of engagement - more basic or more advanced depending on their interest. The second biggest challenge was to find the right visual language - one that would be respectful and considerate of the weight of the topic, but at the same time would be friendly and inviting to the audience."
What was the most rewarding aspect of working on your Webby-nominated project?
"We are very happy we could take part in a project that brings the Jewish and Polish history a bit closer to people, especially younger audiences. On a personal level - we know history, we live in Warsaw but still it was extraordinary to learn so many new stories about people who lived and still live in our city."
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