AC4D design library


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AC4D design library

  1. 1. Storyboarding About this activity: Before Starting This Activity: A comic book style visualization of your written scenario, illustrating the use of your system through scenes and screens. 1 Using your scenario as a starting point, divide the story up into individual sentences. On a whiteboard, draw empty boxes (approximately 4” x 4”) for each sentence in the story. Number each box sequentially. 3 Is an individual and/or group activity Preparation: None Takes 30 - 45 min per iteration Materials required: · Whiteboard (recommended) · 11 x 17 Paper · Sharpie Markers 5 Tag each box as a screen or scene. Include the name of the character and the type of “shot” you are trying to create. Inside of each box, sketch what happens in the scenario. If it’s a close up shot - write “CU”. When you sketch human touch points, show both humans in the frame at once. Extreme close up - write “ECU”. 2 Required: Participants must have at least 1 scenario which is to be illustrated. 4 Over the shoulder - write “OTS”. Long shot - write “LS”. Medium shot - write “MS”. Activity Details: Complete a rough version of your storyboard, share, get feedback, and refine the story. Stop this process only when the storyboard is self explanatory. When you sketch people, emphasize their hands and eyes. Find someone who has not viewed this storyboard before. Give them the storyboard and ask them to read the story back to you. When you sketch digital products, first introduce the product in context (in someone’s hand), and then sketch what the user actually sees on the screen. Note: • Start with stick figures or crude outlines of each element. • After you get all of the elements in the frame, come back and add in more detail. • Good sketches do not happen the first time. They almost always have multiple iterations. You will immediately see where the storyboard needs refinement. Do another version and share it again. Directly below each box, write the sentence from your scenario. Each sentence should encapsulate a single idea or step in the story. Tip: If you are drawing rapid sequences, or if two sentences describe a different view point of the same state, consider splitting the frame into 2 or 3 states with a thick black line. CU - of Character 1. 2. 3. CU - of Screen 4. 5. Sketch, Share, Repeat