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The site design was created
a free open-source HTML editor comparable to Macromedia Dreamweaver. PortableNvu, a portable
application for USB/portable drives.
The body text is set in Georgia. This font was commissioned by Microsoft and is a re-cutting by Matthew Carter of the 19th century typface Scotch-Roman. Georgia is well-known in typographic circles as the best serif font for on-screen readability.
The images were web-enhanced with The Gimp, an open-source editor, and with the commercially available Adobe Photoshop.
The audio and video were created on a Mac using iMovie. Additional editing was done on a PC running Apple QuickTime Pro, and the open-source program Audacity.
The PDF files were created with the PDF export function of the open-source office suite, OpenOffice.
The site was tested on PCs running Windows XP and 2000, and both Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 and Mozilla's Firefox Browser.
The bold color scheme deserves an explanation: The 1930s are largely shown through a black and white lens, but color photographs from the late 30s and early 40s reaffirm that the era was not historically colorblind. Beyond the color photos, inspirations for the color scheme include images from Richard Guy Wilson's excellent book, The Machine Age in America 1918-1941, as well as the color red as in the American flag and also in Socialist and Communist propaganda.