Monday, July 25, 2011

Storyboarding at Kern

Recently, we had a client request us to storyboard on Microsoft Word. Whenever I hear this request, I cringe as I recollect my previous experiences of storyboard on Word. Why?
  • Word is a 'text-centered' tool. Word encourages me to write long descriptions of what will happen in each screen. Using drawing tools in Word is a pain. I am a more visual person (or so I have been told). While storyboarding, I have to see:
    • how my screen looks
    • where are the elements placed
    • what is the sequence of animation 
    • what is the visual hierarchy and how will the eye move 
  • Do you know how painful it is to work on tables in Word? Typically, Word storyboards have tables with screen number, OST, Audio, graphic description, and so on. The first time, it acts perfect. By the second review, the text and/or images will start disappearing. I can't tell you how frustrating it is. 
  • Word storyboards leave the course characterless and there is a huge dependency on visual designers to bring life into the course. 
  • Scanning across pages becomes a tedious affair because pages are top-down scroll. It requires a lot of concentration to identify what you are looking for. 
I am going to share a few examples of how we used different Microsoft Office tools to storyboard at Kern Learning Solutions.

When do We use Word for Storyboarding?

I remember using Word well for storyboarding, when the instructional approach was simple branching stories. 
Why did we use Word? We used it because we did not want to focus on visualization just then. We had the more important task of ensuring that the content flow was right and that there were no loose ends. Every option had a consequence and therefore, we used the hyperlink feature to keep track of how the stories end.

When do We use Excel for Storyboarding? 

We used Excel for simple, branching MCQ.


Why did we use excel? The ideas was to show a negative consequence immediately and ask the learner to reconsider. It was important for us to keep an eye on all the consequences. We had to ensure that all options were extremely plausible and there was no repetition.


When do We use PPT?

We extensively use PPT as a storyboarding tool.


In this case, we created a wireframe in PPT. The learner had access to different resources. He/she had to glance through before making a decision. The complexity of questions increased as we went along. The hyper-linking ensured a close to real experience. The PPT also helped us give a visual feel.

Again, we designed a visual storyboard. Where information was displayed in a easy to read and interesting format.

What are the advantages of this:
  • The ID thinks through where things are placed on his/her screen. 
  • The essence of the storyboard is communicated not only to the visual designers but also to the client. It is easier to show people outside the industry how it will work. 
  • It helps give a base for the visual designers and really good visual designers add further value by giving it the right finish and adding their own touches.
  • This helps minimize text on screen. The ID constantly thinks 'How can I display information in a easy to read and interesting fashion?'
  • We don't use templates in PPT, but use grids and guidelines in a disciplined fashion. The storyboard communicated uniformity and consistency.
What are your experiences working with Microsoft tools for storyboarding? How have you used them best?


48 comments:

Rupa said...

I prefer PowerPoint for storyboarding.. it helps me visualize better

hemcoined said...

we used the hyperlink feature to keep track of how the stories end.
site:.com inurl:blogspot “post a comment” "repair”

Ashish Shandilya said...

Thanks for sharing this useful info. Keep updating same way.
Regards,Ashish Soft Skills Training

Tomalika Hauladar said...

Hi,
Really it is a nice blog; I would like to tell you that you have given me much knowledge about canada movers

Alex Lyord said...

Excellent blog post. I was checking constantly this blog and I'm impressed! bacic dashboard \

criag corns said...

Working of any organization where projects and task are involved is vital for effective project management. It is certainly a great time for small businesses, Its free and easier for small businesses to access what used to be reserved for the largest.
desktop todo list

whey protein said...

Özellikle gece yemek yemeye başladım. Ama hafif yemekler. Soğuk sandviçler Falan. Rahatsız etmeyeceği için daha çok böyle hafif kahvaltılık tarzında ama bol yeşillikli yemekler yemeye başladım. Öğün sayımı artırdım. Günde ortalama 5-6 öğün yemek yiyordum. Çok hareketli bir hayat tarzına sahiptim. Özellikle evde çokça vakit geçirmeye başladım mümkün oldukça az egzersiz. ( Düzenli Spordan Vazgeçmeyin ama Yürüyüşün Hiç kimseye zararı yok. zamanlarda şimdilerde de gunde ortalama 8-10 km yürüyüş yapıyorum). masterprotein.com Samimi birşekilde söylüyorum bunları yaparak 72 kiloya kadar çıktım şu an kilom 69 ve hep 1 aşağı 1 yukarı hareket ediyor kilolarım. ( Hergun soguk sandviç yemek zorunda değilsiniz) 3-4 Ay sonra kilo aldığınızın farkına varacaksınız.

sundara rami reddy said...

Excellent blog post.and I'm impressed the way presented articles.for Best way of learn Mobile Repairing Course in Hyderabad.

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

And now Piketty concludes that the forces of "divergence" (of wealth) are likely to be much more powerful in the 21st century and that someone needs to do something about it. wealth creation planner

Lovely Vids said...

Surely great blog for sharing your knowledge with us in an understanding way of your writing skills, nice effort, keep it up! Mobile Repairing Course in Hyderabad

Susanne Green said...

I am definitely enjoying your website. You definitely have some great insight and great stories. I am impressed by the quality of information on this website.There are a lot of good resources here. I am sure I will visit this site soon.
Thanks
Susanne Green
medical assistant

IndianModelsClub DelhiIndia said...

Modeling is an art of painting ones own potrait on a mirror of ambition. Corporate event and fashion show female model Top Indian Modelling Agencies in Delhi

Frank Sit said...

I really like your blog. I really appreciate the good quality content you are posting here for free. May I ask which blog platform you are using?

http://goo.gl/4NmOjJ

IndianModelsClub DelhiIndia said...

Style and attitude can do wonders to your personality of channelized properly. Here's your chance to imbibe your style with Indian Models Club.Modeling Agency in India and Fashion and Modeling in India

shamsher khan said...

very informative article. thanks for sharing.Take a look to our blog: coupon deals

Coupon deals said...

very informative article. thanks for sharing.Take a look to our blog: coupon deals

Frank Sit said...



Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful! I've been looking for books of this nature for a way too long. I'm just glad that I found yours. Looking forward for your next post. Thanks :)

Medical equipment

Remydeklein Remydeklein said...

If you looking for world famous photographers for event photography then remdeklein is one of the best
photographer.he belongs to Netherland but he covers the whole world.
Contact us for to make your moments special for life time

Alie Madison said...

This is such a ridiculous kinda method i like it. Thank You :)
idealshare videogo license key free | bitdefender antivirus plus 2015 key generator

Sarkari Naukri said...

If you looking for world Sarkari Naukri

Sarkari Nakuri said...

All Sarkari Result and u can get the details about exam updates and results.

Sarkari Nakuri said...

All Sarkari Result and u can get the details about exam updates and results.

K Navatha said...

That is fantastic information sharing Regards Sarkari Result

K Navatha said...

Latest updates about Sarkari Result

Mustak Ahmed said...



35 Different type of HOT Bra HD photo

Marker making and using technique

Enjoy the life of fashion and life style

Download free bangla pdf choti books

Textile Engineering study blog

Textile engineering university all over the world

Get the information of textile Engineer

Top 10 panty style with HD photo

Learn more about Textile Technology

Hot and spicy Breaking News


Emily Stephan said...

Fully residential campuses tremendously impact the way a student lives and learns. Many institutions have not yet realized its positive impact
Best business schools in india | Management schools in india | Top management schools in india

Martha Whitmore said...

Interesting article! Keep sharing more in the future nice blog.
Crack Software

Margret Ruch said...

thanks a bundle..
fast and easy to use....
Crack Software Download | windows 10 pro product key generator

Expertchip Tech said...

Our aim is to train you on Latest Technology. Our trainings are specialy desIgned to comply with industry needs..........Mobile Repairing Institute in Delhi & Laptop Repairing Centre in Delhi

Nikithar said...

It is an amazing post.Very useful to me.I liked it .And Swipe Your Credit Card And have Immediate cash With Cheapest Costs.
Provide Your ID Card Photo Copy As A Document Resistant.If you Want more details kindly Visit Here

Eddie said...

Awesome! Thank you for sharing.
Assignment Writing & Essay Writing

Clipping Path said...

Very informative and lovely blog post here . thanks for sharing .
Clipping Path | Remove White Background

sindhukk said...

Nice information keep it up... Regards:Sarkari Results

Clipping Path said...

Very nice and helpful post . thanks for sharing

Anjali sharma said...


your post is awesome because so many people find this kind of query or trick as you share with us and it work in. Thankyou For shearing.
IT solution Company in Delhi

David Damiyano said...

Microsoft has many useful uses. I have discovered new functions

sindhukk said...

Thanking you so much for this great information. You did wonderful work.SarkariResults

I WEB TECHNOLOGIES said...

Your Blog is Very Nice...!!!!
Website Development Company in India

sumer yadav said...

Nice your blog.
For popular govt jobs Sarkari Result click here.

shamsher khan said...

Really nice blog, Nice information you shared . This will really help in daily business.

Visit on: http://blog.shamsherkhan.com

Nasrin Akhther said...

Wonderful post step by step concept are so clear...
clipping path service | clipping path service in Usa | clipping path | remove image background | Ghost Mannequin Service

Anna Howell said...

Excellent commentary on that topic. I thank you your opinion you were kind enough to impart! essay help

ishika jain said...

Enjoy Indore Night life to the fullest at one of the most enchanting and best Disco Dance Night Club in Vijay Nagar Indore|CalypsoClub Indoredance Club in indore Best Disco club in indore Night club in indore

erika santos said...

Great informative post, I visit your blog regularly and find great posts. Will keep visiting your blog everyday.
write my essay

erika santos said...

Thanks for sharing this useful info. Keep updating same way.
Regards
write my essay

Shamshun ODMS said...

Nice post
Thanks for sharing this helpful article ,.
best webdesign and development in hyderabad

UKEssay Papers said...

I loved the post, keep posting interesting posts. I will be a regular reader...

Custom Cheap Essay Writing Services UK - UKEssayPapers

Viswanadhan R said...

Hi I found your site by mistake when i was searching Google for this issue, I have to say your site is really helpful I also love the theme, its amazing!. I dont have that much time to read all your post at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also add your RSS feeds. I will be back in a day or two. thanks for a great site. moved here