Storyboarding (workshop)

A session at World IA Day in Budapest

Saturday 9th February, 2013

10:30am to 12:30pm (CET)

A storyboarding workshopon egy rövid elmélet (Design thinking alapok, perszónák, storyboard) után csoportokban fogunk design képregényeket készíteni. A laptop otthon maradhat, lesz viszont papír és filctoll, post-it és ragasztó! Mert így az igazi.

The goal was to introduce the storyboarding technique in theory and practice.

The first part of the workshop was a short (30 mins) presentation.
Since Storyboarding is one of the techniques of the Design Thinking methodology, the presentation started with the introduction of David Kelley, the father of DT and a generic overview of the process steps. From the Research and Ideation step Personas and User Stories were described in detail as connecting exercises.

Storyboarding was then presented through some basic rules and real life examples, showing low and high fidelity ones as well, emphasizing the importance of building empathy.

After the presentation participants could form teams and create a real storyboard using paper, colorful whiteboard markers, post-its, and some other creative material sponsored by SAP (60 mins).

Every team got a separate exercise, all of them had to solve global problems (The world becomes a desert because of global warming, Aliens attack planet Earth, Zombie Apocalypse etc.) with Superheroes and their Superpower. They had to follow the rules earlier discussed, like the story had to introduce the hero, it had to show the problem, and finally had to solve the problem with one or many of the superpowers.

After the teams finished their stories, they got presented one-by-one in front of the audience. During the presentations the analogies to software development were found and discussed.

All of the teams did a great job, the result was a collection of completely unique, but really amazing storyboards that showed they understood the basic rules and were even able to turn it to practice.

Q: Why do we need to draw the storyboards? Isn’t it enough to just write the story down?
A: Visualization in storytelling is very important since not all of us think in pictures. Some people can immediately imagine a story told only with words, some others need to see it to get to the same point. Of course a picture can also be interpreted in many ways, that’s why we always add textual description to every story step.

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Zsuzsanna Kovacs

User Experience Design Specialist, SAP

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Time 10:30am12:30pm CET

Date Sat 9th February 2013


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