This was one of the most exciting projects I worked on as a creative developer at Airlock (my former employer). It was the BBC, after all. The site we were making was supporting a flagship new TV show. Literally millions of people would visit the site. Plus, the BBC was really keen that we push the envelope in terms of Web 2.0 technology. That meant not only integrating the site with social media portals like Flickr and Last FM but also doing fancy stuff with the interface. The fanciest interface element was to be an animated timeline (Figure 1) that would form the centrepiece of the site.
Webalon's Alex Kearns was tasked with developing the site's centrepiece - an animated time line featuring the seven ages of rock.
The animated timeline proved a big hit with the BBC. And even drew some praise from Airlock's discerning technical director Joseph Denne, who described it as the best bit of AJAX he had seen.
A sample video gallery besides the thumbnails mentioned in the text.
Seven Ages of Rock is a project that will always remain close to my heart. Even though it was developed a couple of years ago now (an aeon in web time), its animated timeline and image video galleries still don't half look sleek. The site also demonstrates the attention to detail and pioneering spirit that Webalon seeks to invest in every project.