2015. Website interface wireframes using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and HTML/CSS.

In 2015 I helped a colleague, Nicholas Bauch, visualize potential design solutions for his digital scholarly monograph, Enchanting the Desert, published in 2016 by Stanford University Press (SUP). Bauch's team, working at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, had a basic working prototype coalescing by the end of 2014, but were unsure how to assemble the various elements of the application for legibility and ease of use. In the sequence of images below, I demonstrate how some of my early designs led to the elegant solution ultimately developed at SUP.

This was the state of the prototype when I began sketching out ideas:

My first iteration started with a look-and-feel redesign, a pared-down interface, and incorporated some visual elements found on Stanford University websites:

By a second iteration we were getting closer to something Bauch liked, and the wireframing process had helped him make key decisions for the site prior to final implementation:

Stanford University Press took over the final coding for the site. Be sure to check it out; it's a fascinating subject and a key milestone in SUP's move to support original research published in a web-native format.