They set out to commit the "perfect crime" and justified it with their intellectual superiority. This app tells the story of the infamous kidnapping and murder committed by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb in 1924. The duality of the two killers led to the structure of this experience which constantly compares two points of information, two perspectives, or two moments in time. This app was built in collaboration with Bart Lewandowski.

 

The case of Leopold and Loeb was one that had the whole nation on its toes in the 1920s and still captures the curiosity of many individuals. Because the case was largely publicized, there is a large bank of documents, images, statements, newspaper clippings, and other evidence that is available for viewing. We took advantage of this fact and created an app that is focused on primary source documents in hopes of allowing the user to investigate the evidence in a more interactive and authentic way. Rather than providing a summary of the event and people, we created a carefully curated and highly visual collage of information while still allowing for a logical navigation of the content. 

 
 
 

The duality of the two killers led the structure of the app.

Each section compares two points of information, two perspectives, or two moments in time. By doing so, the app allows the user to make connections and construct their own opinions on the event. 


 
 

Our process for the creation of the app included research, strategy, activity diagrams, user personas, reading scenarios, flightpaths, wireframes, and usability testing.