Millennium Experience web site

Design build and maintain the official web site for the Millennium Dome.

Client of Limitless (1998, Wayback Machine)

Limitless formed a consortium with with longitude0 and Denison Design and won a 40-way pitch to design and build the official web site for the New Millennium Experience.

At this time - in 1997 - the building had been designed but the experience inside had not.

The site structure that Paola had put together for the proposal was chosen as the structure to launch the site with.

Denison Design hired extra design staff to provide a number of design routes.

Paola advised Denison on the navigation design by providing some rules to maximise way-finding.

  • each main section has its own colour
  • the section colour is applied to all headings and decorative graphics within the section
  • each main section has its own graphic
  • global and navigation link graphics have selected & unselected states

The chosen design featured different coloured shapes which opened up to reveal their contents, each relevant to the site section. Denison also created individual graphics for the sub-section pages.

Functional decoration

Taking The Dome section of the web site, this is how section and depth were conveyed through the design.

Firstly, each section was colour-coded. The colour was applied to site graphics and heading colours.

Next, a page's depth was conveyed by navigation and page header graphics.

Level 2 page

Level 3 page

Level 4 page

In these pages, the side navigation and page headers change.

Tessa Denison animated the main page header graphics, including a capsule at section pages opening up to reveal the contents.

Level 2 page

Level 3 page

Level 4 page

Navigation menu on the home page (level 1)

Navigation menu on a level 2 page
The selected icon is glowing.

Navigation menu on a level 3 page
The capsule is open.

The third part of the consortium - longitude0 - provided administration services.

Paola wrote the specifications and estimates and managed the site updates.

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