All posts tagged: narrative storytelling

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Chipotle – „A Love Story“

A boy has a crush on the girl next door. To conquer her feet, he plans to invite her to the cinema. Unfortunately, he has no money… As an owner of a drink-stand the boy tries to conquer his lack of money by selling more of his fresh made lemonade. Therefore, he distributes corresponding flyers. However he is faced with a moral dilemma: His crush is his main competitor. She also sells lemonade and sees his action as a threat to her business. She starts her own flyer campaign to get her customers back. Then the boy strikes back by expanding his stand and promotion material. So the girl does the same. Over the years the competition continues and the stands develop into two big industrial companies. They both replace the original fresh ingredients with a cheap lemonade flavour which looks like artificial glitter powder. What started as an innocent wish for love evolved into a serious fight by now two unhappy business owners, who still live next to each other. One day the artificial ingredients turn against them. After realising …

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa

Australian-listed mining companies choose to do their business in Africa for its low social and environmental regulations. Local laws are weak, while penalties for wrongdoing practically don’t exist. However, Australian publicly traded companies are not only linked with corruption, tax avoidance, environmental destruction, but also with serious human rights violations and more than 300 deaths. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) (with support from the Center for Public Integrity and the Pulitzer Center) has collected thousands of corporate documents, including legal complaints, contracts, confidential company emails, community petitions and more to create Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa, a multimedia storytelling project with horrifying personal stories at its focus. The project is using stunning videos, real audio recordings, maps and traditional text pieces. The format is divided into six greater parts that each expose the detrimental impact of Australian mining companies in 33 African countries. We have witnessed similar social projects (such as the NPR’s A Girl Can Dream) that submerge viewers and readers through strong multimedia content. But Fatal Extraction creates an eye-opening and immersive …

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Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork Map app

A digital storytelling app pays tribute to the true art of storytelling. This app was recommended to me by a colleague who is an ultimate Terry Pratchett fan. Her eyes lit up, and she couldn’t wait to give me ‘an inside tour’. I was persuaded by her enthusiasm and thus gave it a shot. For those of you not yet familiar with Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett’s work, he was a popular fantasy novel author who is best known for his Discworld series (over 40 novels) that have captivated millions around the world. The app was developed by Agant and publisher Transworld. Although it came out in 2013, it will most likely again be picked up by fans as the final (yes, the last) Discworld book just hit the bookstores. Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork Map app is a recreation of Pratchett’s famous city, only in a digital form. What strikes me first are the ravishingly detailed interactive hand-drawn maps of Ankh-Morpork and the major characters, such as Fred Colon, as well as the little animated citizens that swarm through …

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IKEA – 2016 Catalog App

The leading Swedish home furniture retailer IKEA has just dropped its long-awaited 2016 catalog. It’s more than 300 pages long, it’s heavy and, as always, it’s full of great and affordable furnishing ideas. But it’s the IKEA 2016 catalog app that we’re more excited about. The very first thing that strikes the eye when you open the new catalog in the IKEA app is the superb high-quality appearance. The pictures look sharper than on paper, and that’s an achievement. When customers opt out for the digital version of a well-known product, they expect the same or even greater quality of pictures. After all, it is the first attribute that leaves the strongest impression. IKEA’s quality is great, so we swipe the page. And this is where the app outshines all the previous IKEA apps – it’s a true celebration of clickable interactive content and emotional storytelling. The app is equipped with six orange buttons that each uncover a different and innovative way to explore IKEA’s newest products. IKEA fans will not be surprised to discover the virtual …

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Five Minutes

Thought zombie apocalypse movies are scary? Try playing an online zombie game, where the protagonists’ lives depend on your mouse skills. We are talking about the much-praised Five Minutes, a branded interactive film slash zombie game created by two German students Maximilian Niemann and Felix Faißt. The idea started as a film school project – the duo decided to create an ad that would be both a brand experience and at the same time not be overloaded with sales messages. Their final idea was so brilliant that it instantly caught the attention and support of G-Shock (brand of Casio) and production company Unit9. The short-movie/game directly submerges you into the story of John, who fights against zombies. The only problem is that he has lost his memory. You as a user help John to keep his concentration throughout the interactive experience by completing short tasks with either a desktop mouse or on a tablet. Users can choose to play between three levels – tourist, moderate, hell – and thus help John retain his memory to survive. Once you …

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The New York Times – Illuminating North Korea

Photographer David Guttenfelder has been to North Korea more than 40 times. Journalists rarely gain access to the unexplored land, and even if they do they do not bring many photos to share with the world. North Korea has not been photographed for more than 60 years. Guttenfelder, a National Geographic Photography Fellow, and his photographs of North Korea over the years provide a new, clear and un-retouched window into the reality of the country. The New York Times’ Illuminating North Korea is a visual and mystifying journey through photographs, video and smoothly combined facts of the North Korean life.

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Matter – What’s it really like to be 18 in America right now?

Being a teenager is not easy. The world seems rather a hostile place where no one understands who you really are. Brilliant story creators at Matter worked with high school seniors from San Francisco to find out what it is really like to be an 18-year old in America. The result is not a linear story retold by journalists. The result is a vivid portrait that stuns with its honest and rich accounts from the teens, depicting their real experiences, opinions and feelings. Every clickable piece of content teleports readers right to the core of the teenagers’ lives. This inspiring storytelling project features essays, videos, photos, poetry, urban dictionary and even a class tumblr, that all accurately transform the students’ personal stories and gives us a glimpse of their undisclosed world.

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TSN – Favela United

Brazil might be in your top destination list for its exotic nature and radiant culture. It is, however, also one of the highest crime-ridden countries in the world. In Rio de Janeiro fifty thousand murders were committed in 2012 only, mostly appearing in the capital’s slum neighborhoods. This accounts to 25.2 murders in Rio compared to only 6.9 globally per 100,000 inhabitants. Rio is the place with one of the highest concentration of slums within urban areas – called favelas in Brazil. Survival is the main concern there, but young, motivated and talented youth wants more than to survive. Young women are embracing soccer – Brazil’s first religion – to get by, move on and maybe even be somebody. Canada’s national sports channel TSN sent a team right to the heart of the favelas to bring a captivating story about courage, passion and inspiration. TSN documents the impact of soccer on a group of young women in Favela United using stunning photography, videos, and visually engaging scrollable content filled with heart-rending in-depth interviews. The story unfolds …

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The New York Times – In Flight

Opinion pieces in news media can reveal a different side of the story – not influenced by the editorial team. They are more raw, more open and possibly have the power to connect to the readers better. Topped with moving illustrations it can moreover strengthen the desired core message. The essay ‘In Flight’ in the New York Times Opinion column, written by a senior first officer for the British Airways, takes full advantage of the NY Times’ passion for great storytelling combined with the impressive technological possibilities. The story is presented in a very subtle format: the text on the white background appears slightly blurred out from beneath, and brightens up as you scroll down. The background changes to night mode and the slow floating clouds embellish the text even more. We can’t help but recall the NY Times’ much-celebrated scrollytelling triumph Snow Fall, which back in 2012 received more than 3.5 million views just in its first week. Although, “In Flight” is not dominated by the outstanding interactivity that “Snow Fall” has so widely …

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The Boat

‘The Boat’ is an interactive online graphic novel about escape after the Vietnam War. Written as a short story by Nam Le, the storyline centres around a teenage refugee Mai who is sent on the boat by her parents after the fall of Saigon. New York-based Australian artist Matt Huynh (whose parents fled Vietnam to Australia) created the illustrations using traditional Vietnamese bamboo calligraphy brush, paper and Sumi ink. These were then transformed by Matt Smith to impressively convey the depth of the story’s message on a screen. To top it off, Sam Petty engineered the incredibly realistic and even haunting sound effects, creating a true exploration of history using superb innovative storytelling. The entire project was produced by Australian broadcasting company SBS in commemoration of Vietnamese forty years resettlement in Australia. The story is divided into six chapters, embedded with either manual or auto-scrolling function. The plot is immersed with four-side stories and archival content, celebrating captivating narration topped with important historical context. While ‘The Boat’ slightly reminds us of ‘The Vanishing Game’ by …