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How to Create an Excel Storyboard Prototype
A typical storyboard is based on a narrative or story about an engaging topic,
innovative concept, or big idea that you want to communicate. The most common
storyboard approach begins with writing a story or narrative and then visualizing
the key frames of the storyboard with hand-drawn or digital rough sketches.
The narrative can be broken into brief descriptions for each of the key frames.
Depending on where you are in the software creation or innovation process, the
storyboard drawings can be left rough or can evolve and be enriched with more
refined visuals. For example, the drawings can range from simple pictures of users
interacting with a system without showing the details of the actual system, or they
can be sketch wireframes of the user interface or even screen captures of digital
prototypes of the actual interface, as shown in Figure 5.3.
Narrative Writing
We’d like to give you a brief overview of narrative writing, the key initial activity for
creating storyboards. The goal of narrative writing is to tell the story of an
experience, event, or sequence of events while attempting to hold the reader’s interest.
Narrative writing is usually characterized as
n Written in first or third person
n Including characters, setting, plot
n Perhaps including dialogue
n Organized in chronological sequence (although flashbacks might be used)
The general principles of a narrative include
n Revealing something of importance. Narratives make a point that is usually defined
in the first sentence but might appear as the last sentence in the first paragraph.
n Vividly depicting characters and setting. Bring a story to life by using your senses to
depict the events of the story: how does it look, sound, feel, smell, taste? Include the
important events that make up the story in enough detail for your audience to
understand what happened while avoiding details that do not enhance the main point.
n Showing, not telling. Use vivid and precise verbs when describing your events.
n Presenting events in a clear, chronological order. Use a logical progression
(e.g., beginning/middle/end) with good transitions when moving from point to point.
—Adapted from “Narrative Writing” (TheWritingSite.org) [3]
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