rebecca's WIP


I consume so many different kinds of amazing stories — written, visual, interactive — on a daily, or at the very least weekly, basis as part of my job and my own personal interest. I also think that as a designer and storyteller, it’s important for me to experience the ways other people are telling stories and develop my own critical perspective in responsive to them. Partially inspired by Rachel Schallom’s “Best of Visual Storytelling” newsletter, and partially driven by my own desire to exhaustively record most things I do and think about, I’ve decided to start posting my favorite experiments in storytelling on a weekly basis. The result will be not much writing, mostly links (sometimes new, sometimes old), and hopefully a nice archive of inspiration for myself and others.

This week:

Faces of an Epidemic (New Yorker)
A photo essay about the opioid epidemic, that uses a tap story format for both desktop and mobile. I have some critiques of aspects of the interaction design on mobile, but I am generally interested in this kind of slide or card-based format where stories are broken out into small, discrete chunks.

Fragments of a Life: A Curbside Mystery (The New York Times)
This “live journalism” piece is not new, but it’s so interesting and won lots of awards — rightfully so. Its archive detective-story proposition reminds me of the play Say Something Bunny in journalistic form.

Flint is a Place (Created by Zackary Canepari)
A “cross platform episodic documentary” about Flint, Michigan. The chapter called Briana is a beautiful use of scroll to present small bits of content in a diaristic way.

Las Vegas Shooting Timeline Video (The New York Times)
Video becomes a vehicle for a new kind of investigative storytelling that is format-specific.

Boko Haram Photo Essay (The New York Times)
Striking scroll-based photo essay punctuated by an article in multiple pieces. The way the photos dim as you scroll is a nice example of form << >> content in perfect alignment.

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