I.D. Magazine
Interactive Media Design Review
June 1997

The Spleen - Winner of the Design Distinction in the WEB category

The spleen cannot be easily understood--as an organ, it remains mysterious to medical science. In antiquity, the spleen was said to be the seat of emotion, controlling anger, joy and temper. "The Spleen" Web site evokes a similar mystery. Rather than lay its workings out for immediate inspection, "The Spleen" requires a methodical, at times philosophical, investigation. Created by Piotr Szyhalski, a faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, "The Spleen" is divided into sections, each of which explores a different aspect of being human. "The Will Power Clinic" inspires a reflection on one's personal goals. "The Chest Piece" probes the experience Szyhalski had returning to his native Poland. "The Unchangeable" explores the connection between personal tragedy and global cataclysms. The jury found "The Spleen" challenged the notion that the Web must be "clicked through," hurrying from one spot to the next. "it questions the idea that online information has to be fast and snappy," Mitsch said. "It evokes a feeling of meditation, of stepping into an oasis," Wasow concluded.