TerraQuest: Virtual Antarctica
With chats and dispatches linking people via Inmarsat satellite systems, this Web site made history as the first commercial travel expedition to make live uplinks to the Internet from Antarctica.
On December 10, 1995, TerraQuest’s maiden voyage set sail for Antarctica on the expedition ship Livonia. Over the next two weeks, online adventurers from around the world followed the crew and their guests as they sailed across Drake’s Passage to the frozen continent. Would-be adventurers can still explore the journey via a ship’s log, maps, and itineraries, and discover Antarctica’s ecology, wildlife, landscape, and history of human exploration.
Press & AwardsWebby Awards, Honored Nominee, 1999Interface Design with Photoshop, J. Scott Hamlin, 1997 (New Riders Press)“Brad Johnson’s Excellent Web Adventure,” HOW, Ken Coupland, August 1996
Johnson was charged with giving TerraQuest a look that delivers an emotional tug. He did his homework for the design of each area of the site by boning up on traveler’s historical accounts of the tour’s destination.“Site Makers,” Graphics International, Ken Coupland, June 1996“NoCal’s Hottest Webmeisters,” Digital Creativity, Ken Coupland, March 1996Internet Homep@ge Design, Seiki Okuda, 1996 (Kinotype Press)Yahoo!, What’s Cool, 1996Project Cool, Cool Sightings, 1996C|Net, Best of the Web, 1996Designer’s Guide to the Internet, 1996 (Hayden Books)“Antarctic Antics,” Hotwired, December 1995
The TerraQuest Team has included a thorough study of the science, ecology, and history of Antarctica on its well-designed, elegant site.“Homesteading the Net,” Graphis, Ken Coupland, November 1995Internet Professional Publishers Association, Ace Awards, Ken Coupland, 1995
The TerraQuest site may not be the world’s first on-line adventure experience, but is probably the best.
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