Midea CD wins Bronze Medal at New York Art Directors Club Competition

The Dirt on Midea, an interactive CD-ROM co-produced by students in UC's Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archaeological Sites (CERHAS) and the School of Design, has won a distinctive merit award in the 81st annual New York Art Directors competition.

The CD-ROM features a virtual reality tour of life as it was lived 3,300 years ago in the ancient civilization at Midea in Greece and summarizes the findings of UC archaeologist Gisela Walberg's excavations there.

The multimedia project won an earlier Chris Award from the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. The New York Art Directors award includes an exhibition that was previewed June 6 at the Art Directors Club Gallery. The Dirt on Midea won in the category of New Media/Interactive.

Both the centers involved in the project are housed in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Robert Probst, professor of graphic design, served as the coordinator of the senior capstone class creating the CD, while John Hancock, professor of architecture and a project director at CERHAS, advised the group of seven senior graphic design students in the production.