Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
In this chapter you will learn how to
n Think about storyboards
n Create a storyboard prototype
n Create a sample storyboard
n Present your storyboard
About Storyboards
The storyboarding process, in the form that we know it today, was first developed
for cartoons at the Walt Disney studio during the early 1930s and was subsequently
adopted throughout the film industry. Today storyboards are used for planning ad
campaigns, commercials, proposals, and other projects intended to convince or
compel to action. More recently, the storyboard concept has been adapted to the
process of creating software.
Figure 5.1 (page 92) shows a typical entertainment version of the storyboard. Figure 5.2
(page 93) shows a typical software storyboard prototype in a thumbnail format. With
the right presentation software, the images can be viewed at a much larger size, in
sequence, and with notes, animations, and links to outside files and Websites.
A storyboard prototype for software can be created in different styles. One, which is
more like a traditional storyboard, includes a series of sequential illustrated images
or sketches based on accompanying narrative text, as shown in Figure 5.2.
This type of storyboard communicates design concepts as a story line or a
workflow. It is generally targeted to internal design team members to align the team's
thinking with the goals, behaviors, and conceptual design direction of an idea,
product, or service without actually detailing any screen designs. This type of
storyboard can also be used in focus group studies to validate a concept or workflow
with actual users. When representing innovation concepts, storyboards can be
targeted to both internal and external stakeholders, such as upper management and
other strategic influencers inside a company, or to potential investors, members
of the media, and other external audiences. This type of storyboard is usually
produced using presentation software such as Keynote or PowerPoint.
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