Remembering Pearl Harbor

The Overview:
First-person accounts and archival imagery help tell the minute-by-minute story of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

The Site:
Built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the website carefully chronicles the hours and minutes leading up to the attack.  An "attack map" shows where each strike hit the harbor and when.  Choosing to Learn More about each event, visitors access interviews with both American and Japanese witnesses, illustrated by historical images. The highly interactive map lets the visitor learn more about each ship that was in the harbor that day—from the smallest utility vessel to massive aircraft carriers like the USS Arizona—detailing the experiences and losses of each.

Moody and evocative of an early 40s aesthetic, Remembering Pearl Harbor is narrated by acclaimed WWII historian and writer Tom Allen and accompanied by an original background soundtrack.  An online Memory Book respectfully gathers the stories of the survivors and those lost.

“The interactive story is unveiled through a unique compilation of survivor stories, historic photographis, and original U.S. and Japanese video footage that has never been used in this format.”  Communication Arts, June 4, 2001.

“The date that lives in infamy—and online.”  The New York Times, Circuits, May 17, 2001.

Project completed as an employee of National Geographic.

National Geographic, 2001

Art Directors Awards, Gold, 2002
Communication Arts, Site of the Week, June 4, 2001
Macromedia, Site of the Day, May 4, 2001
Macromedia, “Showcase: Remembering Pearl Harbor,” July 2001
Newsday, “Site of the Week,” June 4, 2001
The New York Times, “The Date That Lives In Infamy and Online,” Shelly Freierman, May 17, 2001
SXSW Web Site Competition, Finalist, Online Education Resource, 2002
USA Today Hot Site, May 2001 and January 2002
Yahoo!, Daily Pick, May 22, 2001