Our gold goes to:

Beyond the Map

What is it?

Beyond the Map is a Google Arts & Culture website, which uses 360° videos to tell stories from Rio’s favelas. As these areas aren’t currently on Google Maps, and aren’t even served by any postal systems, the Beyond the Map website aims to teach people the truth about these vibrant, dynamic communities, as well as the spirit of the people that inhabit them.

 

What we loved

The interactivity of the website, especially the first video when you’re on the back of a moped, exploring the tiny alleyways of the favelas, alongside learning about the inspirational people who call them home.

Our silver goes to:

Olympic Story

What is it?

An amalgamation of Olympiad stories and triumphs, stretching all the way back to the very first Olympic games of the modern era, held in Athens. This website features previous medal designs, mascots and logos. It also allows you to explore the Olympics’ history, including stats as to how many men and women competed each year, as well as how many medals each competing country took home.

 

What we loved

The video. Full of energy and life, the homepage video features people playing football in the street, incorporating many of the Olympic sports. A guy dives for the ball, another one does the triple jump, another a hop-skip-jump, while a woman volleys the ball. It’s really effective at conveying how dynamic the games really are!

Our bronze goes to:

The Official Olympics Site

What is it?

The real deal, official Olympics website. It’s thorough, informative and doubles as a comprehensive database of all previous Olympic games, complete with athlete profiles and plenty of information about upcoming Olympic games as well.

 

What we loved

Sleek and functional, it’s clear that a lot of thought went into the design of this website. Its creators have been careful to accommodate both the athletes, and all kinds of news and other information about the games and their history. It acts well as a centralised hub of a variety of different inputs.