Untruths and consequences
Decimal’s second collaboration with Long Lead, a story studio focused on finding, funding, producing, and publishing original, in-depth journalism, chronicles the tales of COVID-skeptics resisting Germany’s public health measures and ultimately storming the Reichstag in Berlin in August of 2020.
The story of that day and its consequences — told through Darren Loucaides’ immersive reporting and haunting illustrations by Jun Cen, is presented in a captivating 3D experience that captures the true tale of misinformation, its causes and effects.
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Down the rabbit hole
Using WebGL, we designed an immersive experience intended to make users lose their sense of time and space. The 3-D spiral conveys how disorienting the stories are and how easily the subjects fall into chaos.
To reorient the reader, we provided color coding to identify the stories of the two main characters.
We integrated the illustrations of artist Jun Cen into the feature, providing a much more relatable, human feel, and helping the reader identify more closely with both protagonists.
Striking the right balance between descriptive and abstract, Cen’s work masterfully captured the complexity of these characters and their isolation.
Connecting the dots
Beyond navigating the story using the main spiral, we also designed an index where dots act as windows into different parts of the story. This allows readers to see a content overview as well as access the distinct, but connected, parts of the story.
- Alex Muñoz
- Cherif Zouein
- Guillermo Brotons
- Darren Loucaides
- Jun Cen
- Additional reporting and research
- Alessio Perrone
- Creative Direction
- Natalie Matutschovsky
- John Patrick Pullen
- Editorial support
- Dan Eisner, EJ Fox and Andrew Green
- Web Development
- Audience development
- Charles Denniston, Adriana Lacy and Charlotte Rymar
- Production and technical support
- EJ Fox
- Bridget Botelho
- Jordan Bruner