Decode the Journal

screen shot of Decode the Journal
Project Type:
Interactive kiosk for an exhibit
Date & Client:
1992, The Academy of Natural Sciences
design, development, research, script, user interface

Beatrix Potter, best known for her children’s stories, was also an accomplished naturalist and illustrator. This interactive kiosk was developed as part of a 1992 exhibit produced by the Academy of Natural Sciences on Potter’s contributions to both natural history and literature.

Users decodes a passage from Potter’s journal (she wrote her entries in code) by selecting from an assortment of letters and words. Once the phrase is decoded, they are presented with the corresponding passage from her journal as well as one of her illustrations.

In this example, decoding the passage, “It’s a charming little creature,” is followed by an entry describing Potter’s pet bat.