Game of Thrones Viewers Guide is damned original

The return of HBO’s Game of Thrones this Sunday is a welcome thing. For those unfamiliar, it’s a kings, swords, scheming, killing, sex fest of the best possible kind. Extremely well written characters and one of the more beautifully photographed television shows, or films for that matter, that I’ve ever seen. Every shot looks like a million dollars.

So when I realized the happy Thrones return was upon us, I headed over to HBO’s site to catch up and refresh. What I found was nothing short of the most original web presentation I have ever seen. That’s saying a lot, I know.

Game of Thrones Viewers Guide

Game of Thrones Viewers Guide

I’ll give you the link in a moment, but before I do, let me describe what you’re about to see. It’s a viewer’s guide of season two on one brilliantly designed page. The designers and programmers have done something I’ve never experienced in that as you make your familiar scrolling motion down the page, the page spotlights different areas of the story.

More amazingly, as you continue to scroll down, the page scrolls sideways at various points revealing beautifully layered photography moving in 3D space. You’re still scrolling down, but it soon becomes apparent that your scrolling motion is simply driving the forward (or reverse) motion of the animation.

Very seriously cool. I like cool design. I like to pass on cool design when I see it.

Okay, maybe I’m overselling it, but it really did blow my mind. A lot of HBO’s website is nothing short of irritating in its design and programming, but this Game of Thrones viewers guide page, this is a little bit of a web masterpiece.

Here’s the link to it. Enjoy.

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