Faber & Faber: Jubilee Lines

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Publisher Faber and Faber worked with interactive agency Somethin' Else to create Jubilee Lines, an online project to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee with 60 poems from the last 60 years. The anthology was compiled by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

The HTML5 site was commissioned on behalf of The Space, a new on-demand arts service launched by the Arts Council and the BBC. It contains not only audio readings of the poems from actors such as Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, but visualizations of the poetry through artwork by generative data designer, Stefanie Posavec. Each reflects the poem's length, decibel level and frequency as well as its themes. BBC archive content from the years they were written (such as Michael Fish's infamous weather report in 1987, when he reassured viewers there was no hurricane coming), as well as newspapers, adverts and photographs, are included in visualizations of 20 of the poems. Visitors are invited to navigate the poems by year, by poet, through archive or by theme.