Working with longform for ‘My year with Malala’
For the past two weeks we’ve been working on presenting a digital version of Sunday Times foreign correspondent Christina Lamb’s longform piece about her relationship with Malala Yousafzai. You can view it here.
The piece itself is fantastic - highly personal, with lots of great anecdotes that lend themselves to be augmented with pictures or video.
We gathered all the assets we had and began wireframing some designs which sought to make best use of multimedia.
It was built using a set of custom WordPress-based tools that were designed in-house following some earlier experiments with longform content.
All the content was edited and managed in the popular WordPress CMS, with visual layout tool SiteOrigin Page Builder used to arrange the piece’s sundry elements around the page. The finished piece was then exported to the production server as static HTML for performance and security reasons.
Beyond that, the Twitter Bootstrap 3 framework was used for a few components (namely the navigation bar and modal windows), with the project’s many videos streamed from Ooyala.
One of the main things we’re keen to do is begin to build a framework that allows us to simply present longform pieces without having to create bespoke designs every time. We think that there’s a lot of value in being able to produce something simple that works that we can build on in the future.