All posts tagged: visual storytelling

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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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Eater – One Night at Kachka

Ever wondered what a day in a life of a restaurant looks like? Or how many vodka shots it serves per night? A team at Eater (your go-to source for delicious food news and dining guides) created a very creative and interactive piece on a Russian food restaurant in Portland. “One Night at Kachka” offers more than just a glimpse of what goes on in a restaurant throughout one day. The narration goes deeper and combines customer interviews, staff impressions and anecdotes with great storytelling, photography, videos, playlists and gifs. The piece starts off chronologically, depicting the start of a working day at Kachka. As the piece develops further, and more people come in for appetising eastern specialties, the left-hand side shows calculates how many guests are dining, the number of pelmeni (delicious Russian dumplings) consumed, vodka shots ordered and even the bucks earned. This simple, yet innovative way to present a restaurant and its authentic kitchen is not only excellent for a brand’s identity, it is very handy for all the foodies (making us want to …

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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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Bacardi – Our Story & The Spirit of Bacardi

When you think of rum, the brand Bacardi will be probably the first one to pop up in your mind. It is indeed one of the most popular alcoholic beverages, but not so many are familiar with its fascinating history. Bacardi is actually the largest family-owned spirits company in the world. It was founded by Don Facundo Bacardi Masso, who was an active fighter for Cuba’s independence in the late 1800s. His son, Emilio Bacardi, was arrested, exiled and imprisoned twice for fighting against the Spanish rule in Cuba. His real goal was to change his country and introduce the world to the true taste of rum. Bacardi’s ‘Heritage: Our Story’ is an interactive audio book presenting the history of the Bacardi family and their most memorable moments in creating the drink and positioning it amongst the most popular alcoholic beverages in the global marketplace. It is part of the “Bacardi: Untameable Since 1862” campaign. The interactive story is embedded with real audio recordings of Bacardi family members recounting on the start of the company …

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8 Projects Exploring The Storytelling Potential Of Virtual Reality For Real-World Stories

It seems that after after decades of uncertainty Virtual Reality gets real as a storytelling platform. The enormous sense of presence provided by VR headsets such as Oculus Rift or Samsung’s Gear VR, allows artists to place users inside films, making them explore and witness first-hand real-world events. The potential VR has to stir emotions and create more visceral reactions makes many believe in its power to revolutionize journalism and filmmaking. However, how close is VR from reaching mass-market adoption? Can we think that anytime soon we will be accessing our news through mounted-headsets? While these questions find answers, we brought you a collection of the best VR non-fiction storytelling experiences that have been touring festivals and museums recently. If one of them arrives to your city run, the queue is going to be long! 1. Project Syria With Project Syria, Nonny de la Peña, the godmother of immersive journalism, place users in Aleppo during a rocket blast and in the middle of a refugee camp in Syria. To evoke the feeling of “been there” …

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Chanel – Inside Chanel & The One That I Want

A strong narrative is by far the most essential element for a good content. The iconic high-fashion house Chanel is no stranger to good storytelling. Its creator, the legendary Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel has become the brand’s strongest symbol, along with the actual signature logo of two interconnected C’s. Coco’s legacy also plays a major role on the company’s interactive website. INSIDE CHANEL is a content-centric microsite created in 2013, which features 12 chapters of Chanel’s most distinguishing fashion pieces and faces, along with embedded videos. The microsite is a digital story by itself, a visual ride, submerging the user straight to the core of Chanel’s history and values. Every chapter tells a success story of a product or the life story of the brand’s ambassadors, such as Marilyn Monroe and the iconic Chanel No°5 perfume in chapter 2. Moreover, INSIDE CHANEL takes the brand’s history and presents it in an interactive chronological timeline, celebrating each milestone with grace, style and sophistication. Great narrative is also at the core of the company’s recent campaign “The One That I Want”. …

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Harrods Magazine – Customer Magazine

The first thing that catches attention when you download the Harrods digital magazine is the high-class design and polished aesthetics. The app, available for both iOS and Android users, showcases the latest trends in luxury, beauty and lifestyle, all extended with attractive interactive content, such as video interviews, fashion-shoot footages and tons of tutorials. The magazine issues often feature interactive and beautiful games, such as the “Stiletto Wars” in the September issue. Harrods not only succeeds at great digital publishing and storytelling, it also wins big with delicate product placement and excellent customer service.

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Lincoln – Love Is The Answer & Hello Again

Lincoln motor company, that positions itself among the more luxurious automobiles, presents two recent storytelling campaigns drawing inspiration from music, art, design and film. Lincoln joined forces with recording artist Aloe Blacc to create an interactive music video titled “Love is the Answer”, offering viewers the chance to switch between five storylines. The videos follow one main storyline from four different character perspectives and one from the director’s cut. While all these start off from different points, they all meet in the same space at the end of the video, ending with the protagonist Aloe getting in to his luxurious Lincoln MKZ. The unique interactive experience provided by this video allows consumers to experience their own musical journey, thus leaving it up to personal choice to view the character one sympathizes with the most. The “Hello Again” platform was created by Lincoln to re-position the brand from its associated characteristics of ‘town cars’ and ‘old people’. The company chose award-winning singer and songwriter Beck and music video director Chris Milk to create an interactive online …

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Mew and B&O PLAY –Sensory Spaces

If designer-made headphones and alternative rock are your cup of tea, then this sleek and eerie app will blow your mind. Sensory Spaces is a music experience with a spice of audio storytelling. The app’s aim is to awaken your hearing through gripping sound localization, documenting the sound of the danish band Mew. Not only do users have to engage their ears in this experience, they have to more their gadgets to locate the sounds and, therefore, experience it in different ways. The physical phenomenon of sound is unlocked through the app, showing how sound travels and changes character depending on its location. The sensors are excellently built in the app while the sleek design complements the entire feel, all allowing for a distinctive audio storytelling celebration. Available for iOS users, the use of B&O Play (Bang & Olufsen) headphones is not a must, your cheaper ones will also do the trick.

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South Australian Maritime Museum – Rough Medicine: Life & Death in the Age of Sail

The South Australian Maritime Museum created an interactive and somewhat bone-chilling game for the exhibition “Rough Medicine: Life & Death in the Age of Sail”, which takes place until March 27th, 2015. The exhibition explores immigrant ship voyages of Australians back in the days were medics was brutal and required unconventional ways of curing. After downloading the game app, the visitor becomes a surgeon, on a mission to cure a sick patient. A thermometer appears on the screen and has to be closely observed as the visitor moves through the exhibition. When a beacon activates a trigger in a nearby mobile device, alerts are then prompted and the user has to accept or reject a specific remedy. These include e.g. bone syringes, surgical kits or even jars of wriggling leeches. If that is not eerie enough already, additional images and sounds are also incorporated to intensify user engagement. The goal of the game is to achieve the ‘Star surgeon’ status by correctly placing all needed remedies from the exhibition. Visitors can play the game on …