P.Berkbigler Interactive Design

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Created: 01/04/10
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P.Berkbigler Design & Illustration interactive and web design projects.
  • The Civil War in Missouri Interactive Exhibition Display:
    Faces of Soldiers


    This display was developed as an element of the Civil War in Missouri exhibition at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. This interactive piece was originally displayed on a large, vertically-oriented touchscreen and allowed visitors to browse the photographic and text records of nearly 100 soldiers with historical ties to Missouri.

    A visitor could swipe back and forth between gridded photo pages and tap onto any single soldier's small portrait to bring up a card of expanded information about that soldier. Enlarged, vintage photography coupled with service records and longer bios helped visitors appreciate the many human stories intertwined with the larger war narrative.

    Art Direction: Thomas Sleet, Whitney Watson, Peter Wille & Paul Berkbigler
    Display & Software Development: Peter Wille & Mike Wille

  • The Music of Craig Fitzpatrick Library Site

    Craig Fitzpatrick is a professional composer and marching band drill designer based in Illinois. Since 2001, Craig has arranged music for competitive high school marching bands in the Midwest. Additionally, he has experience designing drill for competitive marching bands. Schools Craig arranges for have been Illinois State Class Champions and BOA Super Regional Finalists and have placed in their class at BOA regional competitions. He has also served as an adjudicator throughout the Midwest.

    In crafting the design and motion graphics for Craig's site, he requested that the site reflected the spatial nature and qualities of his compositions. Essentially a visit to the site was meant to feel somewhat like a visitor was traveling between various architectural spaces filled with Craig's music and compositional development.

    Looking at samples of Craig's scores and drill patterns, I was struck by the way that his manuscripts incorporate a lot of loose, gestural drawing and writing + often feature notation about various volume and speed dynamics that resemble both wavelength and architectural drawings. I convinced Craig to let me include animated elements in the site that simulate Craig writing and drawing within dimensional space - sometimes appearing like he's mapping out a drill pattern on top of the website itself.

    Art Direction: Craig Fitzpatrick & Paul Berkbigler
    Site Development: Mike Wille
  • The Civil War in Missouri Interactive Exhibition Display:
    Mississippi Valley Sanitary Commission Fair


    This display was developed as an element of the Civil War in Missouri exhibition at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. This interactive piece was originally displayed on a large, tabletop touchscreen and allowed visitors to browse photos, daily newsletter entries written about the fair & Civil War-period music.

    The Western Sanitary Commission was, in many ways, quite similar to the contemporary U.S. Veteran's Administration - especially in their identical goal of raising funds to assist with the health and welfare of war veterans. As part of the fundraising efforts of the Western Sanitary Commission, a large county-fair style event was held for three weeks in downtown St. Louis shortly after the end of the Civil War.

    This display enabled visitors to browse an overhead architectural view of the fair building plus the exhibitor displays inside it. By tapping onto the exhibitor booth labels, visitors could pull up cards featuring newsletter entries and vintage photos from inside the fair. Tapping onto the photos featured at the top of the cards opened even larger, more detailed views of that imagery.

    Additionally, visitors could tap onto two select spots in the display and pull up short samples of period music - some of which featured lyrics that focused specifically on Missouri military personnel.

    Art Direction: Thomas Sleet, Whitney Watson, Peter Wille & Paul Berkbigler
    Display & Software Development: Peter Wille &
    Mike Wille
  • Tyler School of Art, Temple University 2004-2007 Institutional Website

    As part of a professional assistantship during my graduate studies, I worked in the Tyler School of Art publications office right in the midst of a school catalog development year. I was tasked with translating the look and design concept of the catalog into the school's web presence.

    The design of the catalog was based entirely on imagery collected from undergraduate and graduate student sketchbooks and studio spaces. The catalog itself felt completely like a single sketchbook containing a mash-up of sketches, notes, little bits and pieces of things that had been clipped and collected during travel and the creation of work.

    The site design mimicked this work-in-progress combined with scavenger hunt visual approach by featuring clipped sections of student sketches, notes, bits and bobs. Each time a user visited a different page or simply refreshed their browser window, a new randomized selection of student imagery would appear in the image spaces above the main page text + out in the margins surrounding the primary site window.

    Art Direction: Kelli Cavanaugh & Paul Berkbigler
    Site Development: Paul Berkbigler & Melissa Crispin
  • Lipslur Duet Library & Training Site

    The Lipslur library provides an archive of brass duets in multiple forms: sheet music, audio recordings and videos. The primary goal of the site is providing brass instrumentalists a practice resource where they can take full advantage of playing along with other instrumentalists.

    Joe Schoonmaker, the site's author and curator, developed this library based on the observation that there are very few duets available for young players. This seemed a shame to Joe, since nearly everyone loves duets and knows how great they are for development. Interested players can visit the site and perform alongside the audio and video of other, more experienced players provided within the library.

    Art Direction: Joe Schoonmaker & Paul Berkbigler
    Site Development by: Mike Wille
  • Shrinking the Big Picture: The Art of Chris Ware Interactive Piece

    Completed as one of my master's thesis projects, I created an interactive archive of illustrator Chris Ware's work that highlighted both the simplicity of Ware's drawing style and contrasted it against the intricacy and complexity of his storytelling and page layouts. This piece featured a wide variety of interface approaches: simulated movie theaters, retail stores, books, maps, rooms, slide shows and more. Audio, video and animation all played a major role in presenting both the big picture and the tiny details of Ware's comic galaxy.


    Art Direction: Dermot Mac Cormack & Paul Berkbigler
  • The Civil War in Missouri Interactive Exhibition Display:
    Build A War Monument


    This display was developed as an element of the Civil War in Missouri exhibition at the
    Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. This interactive piece was originally displayed on multiple wall-mounted tablets that allowed users to combine monument elements together into completed memorials which were then displayed on a projected memorial field similar to Gettysburg.

    A visitor was lead step-by-step through decisions on what featured text would appear on their monument base, the style of base and style of monument topper they wanted to combine. This interactive experience was created to encourage visitors to consider the many contrasting responses that U.S. citizens had to the aftermath of the Civil War. By considering what elements and text to combine in these monuments, visitors could similarly champion or lament the impact of the Civil War.

    Art Direction: Thomas Sleet, Whitney Watson, Peter Wille & Paul Berkbigler
    Display & Software Development: Peter Wille &
    Mike Wille

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