This Wired.com story package covers the process of how building a black hole for the movie Interstellar led to a scientific discovery.
The story sounds like it could be confusing for nonscientists, but Wired organizes the story via the popular scroll method to easily explain and tell the story. Overall the site is easy to navigate since it’s based on the scroll up/down function of the mouse. It is also easy on the eyes as the colors of the story are simple and match the space-like tone of the story. The story is engaging because as you scroll, you come upon different media including large, still images and videos that you click on to start. Some scroll websites have the videos start automatically once you scroll, but with this story you have to actually click it if you want to watch it. This function could be good or bad for readers. Some people may like the automatic start, or they may like to finish the story and go back to the video without being interrupted by automatic video and sound playing. My only complaint about the story package was when scrolling on the page, some of the media wouldn’t show up so I had to refresh the page several times for the images and graphics to reappear. On the initial image of the site, you can scroll over an arrow that tells you to “go down” if you don’t know that the story is based on scrolling down.
The story wouldn’t be complete without the different kinds of media that Wired added to the package. Even though there could be more photos and videos to view, the story has an ample amount of photos, video and graphics that matches the length of the story (the additional media doesn’t outnumber the story copy). As you scroll toward the bottom, there’s an additional section on the package that links to other black hole stories on Wired.com.
When looking at the story package, you can immediately tell what the topic of the site is by reading the initial headline, which is the first thing you see after you click on the story. The headline is accompanied by a large, compelling image of a black hole. The title image sets the tone of the rest of the story to come. Ultimately the simple and modern design elements reflect the story content well as the story talks about the modern topic of space and science.