Brian Kratzer and I will be talking to you tomorrow about what makes multimedia good and how to plan for success. I learned something about this a few years back from the brilliant Jane Stevens, a big believer in storyboarding. She talks about thinking in parts — not in the linear sense of “first part, second part, third part,” etc., but in “this part,” “another part,” “another part” and “yet another part.” She believes the distinction is an important one for pushing our brains out of a linear thinking path. (By the way, at the link above she talks about creating a home page for your project, but just ignore that part for now — we won’t ask you to do that.)
I think a rough storyboard is a great tool. But there are lots of other great tips on that page.
I also like Mindy McAdams’ site Journalists’ Toolkit, which is undergoing a facelift. She links to Brian Storm‘s gorgeous, inspiring and helpful site. This is where you can see some of the best work anyone is doing anywhere. Scroll down and look at some of the projects. One of my favorites is here: The Marlboro Marine by Luis Sinco.
Recently, I became a big fan of Choosing Thomas from Dallas News (A warning: It is pretty upsetting). But you probably have your own favorites. Don’t forget to share them with us.