Aaron Rincover and I presented this workshop at Seattle Make-a-Thon on November 6, 2010, sponsored by IxDA Seattle, AIGA Seattle, and Interact.
When designing interactions that transcend singular devices and form the basis of device ecosystems, wireframes just don’t cut it. Much of the interactions you’re looking to define and refine are evoked through motion, sound, haptics, and other variables that can’t be easily documented without "dancing about architecture." In these situations, it’s often most effective to create video scenarios that describe how an interaction would happen out in the real world. These scenarios are useful not only for explaining ideas to your clients—they’re an effective way of capturing prototypes to see if they make sense and feel real.
Over the course of this workshop, we explored the various flavors of video scenario that you can create, depending on the design problems you’re seeking to solve. Then we’ll spent the balance of our time working in small teams to create a short interaction vignette about gestural input to activate a teleportation device.