Finding the best digital method or platform can sometimes be the most challenging part of a digital project. Tutorials and workshops can familiarize you with a range of digital methods and digital tools, but a large-scale digital project may involve going beyond what is covered in an introductory workshop or tutorial.


Miriam Posner’s “How did they make that?” blog post is a useful starting place for thinking through how you get from a project idea to a finished digital project. In the blog post, she outlines project stages for creating the following types of digital projects:

  • A gallery of primary sources
  • A digital scholarly edition
  • A mapping project
  • A network visualization
  • Computer-aided text analysis
  • A historical 3D model
  • A longform, media-rich narrative

Other types of digital projects happening at Grinnell include podcasting and digital storytelling.


Posner also provides a list of questions for evaluating existing digital projects, but an adapted version of those questions can also be useful in figuring out goals and approaches for your own digital project.

  • Can you describe this project in one sentence?
  • What sources is it using?
  • Does it have an argument?
  • What types of technology does it use?
  • What additional resources does the project require (software, website, additional expertise, etc.)?
  • Who is the audience for the project, and how does the project reach that audience?

Having a clear vision for the project or being able to articulate what the project is trying to accomplish can help you successfully design and complete the project. An initial conversation with a DLAC staff member can help with this brainstorming process.


Collaborating with DLAC can help create a digital project that is compatible with adaptive technologies and the College’s accessibility policies. As part of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, DLAC provides support for evaluation and assessment, to promote digital projects that support College and Department learning goals for students. DLAC also collaborates with the College Libraries to develop preservation plans for long-term digital projects.


Successful digital projects require effective project management and collaboration. The Development for the Digital Humanities website provides additional information for designing a project and working as a team. DLAC staff collaborate on digital projects in a variety of roles, from co-directing a project to developing curricular materials to offering training and workshop sessions. Contact a member of the team to get started.

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