Lilly Library’s War of 1812 Collection


Design Roles

  • Identity designer
  • Front-end developer
  • Print designer

The Process

The War of 1812 in the Collections of the Lilly Library tells the story of the events leading up to the war’s declaration, the war itself, and its aftermath. It achieves this through a blend of short essays and primary source material relating to various aspects of the war, curated by the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, the Indiana University Digital Library Program, and the Indiana University Libraries Technical Services Department. It was incredibly satisfying to blend the knowledges from my bachelor’s degree in visual communications with my master’s in library science for this project.

Digital exhibit development


The team created a plan for the information architecture of the site. It needed to accommodate materials ranging from books to sheet music to maps and more. Each type of material was published through a service specifically suited to its format and collected together in the web site.

2Design options

Based on inspiration from similar online exhibits and Indiana University’s branding guidelines at the time, I developed three distinct design solutions for the project. Once a concept was selected by the team and refined, I built out additional mockups for each page type.

3Front-end coding

The digital exhibit wass built using the Omeka platform. I customized an existing open-source theme for the project using HTML, CSS, and Javascript.


  • Custom Omeka theme
  • Printed exhibit guide
  • Exterior building signage

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Project Team:

  • Erika Dowell, co-Director, Lilly Library
  • Dot Porter, co-Director, Digital Library Program
  • Julie Hardesty, Digital Library Program
  • Laura Pence, PenceLdesign
  • William Cowan, Digital Library Program
  • Hui Zhang, Digital Library Program
  • Randall Floyd, Digital Library Program
  • Kara Alexander, Digital Library Program
  • Annette Smith, Digital Library Program
  • Jennifer Liss, Technical Services Department
  • Laila Salibi-Cripe, Technical Services Department