Re: The Code for Farewell

The Code for Farewell

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The New York Times posted “The Code for Farewell” as the second installment of a six-part series of multimedia stories on Native American veterans. This portion of the series reflects on the life of the late Edmond Andrew Harjo, the last living Seminole code talker — if you need some brushing up on your history, those were the guys the US government employed in WWI and WWII to encode and exchange important military communications in tribal languages that adversaries abroad couldn’t possibly understand.

The site adheres to standard scrolling navigation. The story itself sits in a centered column, and photos, infographics and slideshows dot the edges. Creators avoided the monotonous “wall of text” problem by interspersing the most important visual and auditory components into the main story. Sometimes a featured photo slideshow will pop up mid-paragraph, and occasionally you’ll see a word highlighted in orange, indicating you can click on it to hear the song the word describes.

A combination of somber funeral photos and a smooth, all-caps, sans-serif font indicate the subject matter smoothly and appropriately. The fact that the authors keep extraneous content out of the center aisle of the story (for the most part) helps the reader maintain focus on the story.

 

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