Category: Digital Storytelling

  • Grids, responsive design, & CSS frameworks

    This articles provides an introduction to grids, responsive design, and CSS frameworks. Grids are a fundamental part of design that makes your life a lot easier. The second part of the article will talk about responsive design: or, how web sites adapt (or respond) to different sizes of screens. The web designer and developer have […]

  • Compositional elements in a multimedia story

    It has been more than 7 years since the New York Times published its landmark multimedia story Snow Fall: Avalanche at Tunnel Creek and we’re still talking about it in our Journalism 341: Multimedia Storytelling Design class. We’re stressing to the students that understanding the structure of the compositional elements in a multimedia story is […]

  • Storytelling in the mid-century

    This essay was first posted on our book design blog on July 5, 2011. That site is no longer active. My daughter Mila, born on the second day of this year, will grow up in an era dominated by multi-touch tablets, with ever decreasing thickness and ever increasing capabilities. (Her adulthood likely will be spent […]

  • A short bibliography on interactive documentaries

    A colleague in film studies asked for my assistance in pulling together a short bibliography on i-docs (interactive documentaries). This topic and the broader issue of interactive non-fiction narratives as web-based digital storytelling is a long-term interest of mine. Scholarship on i-docs: Aston, Judith, et al. i-Docs : the Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary . Wallflower […]

  • Student questions about Undercurrent

    Continuing the series on student questions about multimedia storytelling. For this class the students viewed Undercurrent, which won the Online Journalism Award in 2016 for excellence and innovation in visual digital storytelling (small newsroom category). Questions and comments by the students: It seems like the designers of the “Undercurrents” used a template when creating the […]

  • Student questions about NSA Files Decoded

    Continuing the series on student questions about multimedia storytelling. For this class the students viewed NSA Files Decoded by The Guardian. Questions and comments by the students: This one is a well-made piece. Only one question on the design: instead of putting all of the contents in one very long page, is that a better […]

  • Student questions about multimedia storytelling

    This term in Journalism 341: Multimedia Storytelling Design, we’re asking students to submit two questions for discussion prior to each class in which we will analyze a specific website. This task counts as part of the class participation grade. From the syllabus: The questions should be thoughtful and demonstrate familiarity with the site and any […]

  • Another year of teaching multimedia storytelling design

    For the third year in a row, I’m co-teaching Journalism 341: Multimedia Storytelling Design with Professor Toni Locy, a highly experienced journalist. The course is an intensive introduction to the foundations of Web design/development through the lens of long-form journalistic digital storytelling. The first half of the term involves analyzing the structure of many stories […]

  • Readings on electronic literature, or conversations on digital narrative

    I initially prepared the following list in preparation to guest lecture in an upcoming creative writing (fiction) course that will introduce students to ways of telling a story in digital media that takes forms other than linear prose. First, why the term electronic literature (e-lit)? That’s a stiff sounding term that is a throwback to an earlier time before […]

  • E-lit postings by Illya Szilak

    Over the course of a year (late 2012 – late 2013) author Illya Szilak wrote a series of articles on Huffington Post about electronic literature that are worth reading for anyone interested in the topic. Szilak is the author of Queerskins – A Novel and Reconstructing Mayakovsky – A Novel of the Future. Unlike most […]