The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has just introduced Explore 9/11, a guide to understanding 9/11 through the eyes of those who witnessed the event. Among its creators is Eric St. Onge, a student in the MFA Interaction Design Department who held a summer internship at Local Projects, the New York design firm behind it. Produced in the form of an app for the iPhone and iPod touch, Explore 9/11 acts as a guide for visitors to the WTC site in Lower Manhattan through oral histories from people who experienced the event firsthand. “It’s all about the story and how people relate to it,” says St. Onge.
A major feature of Explore 9/11 is a walking tour that covers seven stops around the WTC site. At each stop, visitors hear a story from survivors and learn about the evacuation of the towers, volunteerism after the attacks, and how people who lived in the surrounding neighborhood were affected. Another major feature of the app is that it ties in with Make History, a Web site where people can submit their photos and stories from 9/11. All of the content from Make History is accessible through the app, and users can see where the photos were taken using Google Maps.
Visitors to the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site at 20 Vesey Street in Manhattan can download the app using the museum’s WiFi network. The app is also available for download at the iTunes store.