Visual Storytelling Articles

I am continually amazed at the growing power of visual storytelling in our society. Instagram is an exploding platform for social media based primarily on the visual – pictures we take and post to our feed. Here are a few great examples of visual storytelling through Instagram and other visual mediums and platforms.

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Image Project Reflection- Steven Witkowski

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After completing our image project I have a new appreciation and respect for the wonderful people that fill my facebook page, and twitter feed full of clever, witty, and often times perfectly current memes. My first rough attempt at formulating memes was, for me,  a grand realization of how tough it can be to be funny via meme. When we were introduced to the project my subject Brian Williams was all over the news, radio and late night TV show monologues  and I could’ve assumed most of the audience could relate to a meme jokingly portraying him. However, as time  and news media zooms quickly past any relevant issue of today and on to tomorrow the humor associated with the story of any subject diminishes. So much of what goes into  the best memes is when you see them and how current the story is. The project was laid back and I had plenty of time to create the memes, but as time went on I realized that the story needed more than I had originally planned on to make it funny again. It made me think a lot about timing of jokes and how important it is that the idea is new to you to induce laughter or make you think something is funny at all. So many great jokes have now become meaningless through time, or even just been retold so many times they go from being a great joke or topic to all of a sudden nobody wants to hear about it because it was overdone or simply wasn’t very funny to begin with and now they’re not funny at all. With all that being said there are also timeless joke, and timeless memes all the like. Is Kermit the frog drinking a cup of tea to express “that’s none of my business” one of these timeless jokes? Not likely, although admittedly I love seeing them and I can’t see an end for them in the near future. Meme’s can repurpose a joke or a subject and retell it to be funny in a way no other platform has been able to do before and they can be as easily developed or well thought out as you choose. With this project I ended up wanting more time, but that was only because the joke had changed, so with that I think I discovered that meme’s could serve as a useful too to re-tell old jokes or repurpose current jokes to make them my own which was a great lesson.

Storytelling via Music Videos: Woodkid – Steven Witkowski

The story told by WOODKID in the album “Golden Age” is, in his own words, “the story of a young boy growing up.” I was introduced to one of his music videos a while ago and was impressed by the visuals he created. His story is most significant because of the fact that he produces, writes, and performs, each of the songs on the album as well as scripting the music videos associated with them. He does have other people help him but in large part he has developed every aspect of this story solely by himself. My personal favorite is track 5 and the music video plays a major role in my liking of the song. I find the art of music videos so interesting. I’ve always been a huge fan of all types of music but often I enjoy the music much more if I can relate it to visuals. Also  the story of the artists themselves has always helped me find new music and often time make me like them more or less depending on who the type of person they or the band comes off like. Anyways this post is random because I missed one and now I remember why because it was in my drafts so I thought I’d share it meow. This is not this week’s blog post!!!

Album and tracks in order of proper storytelling.

Visual Story of The Dallas Mavericks- Steven Witkowski

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I thought this image was cool because it goes so in depth and says a lot with a bunch of small texts and figures but when you take a step back and look at the image as a whole it draws you back in because it looks so interesting. The circular chart, all the different shades of blue, and every other element of the visual seem to work together well as a whole. I think it accomplished telling a very in depth story, nearly every detail you could ask of that year’s Dallas Mavericks team and it doesn’t leave you feeling lost in any of it’s many stats and figures. The design is carried out very well so that as I looked at it my eyes tend to focus on all the right places at all the right times. I went from looking at the image as a whole and seeing the overall story that was going to be told about the Mavericks and from there became focused on different figures of the graph individually by the texts on the page, or in the wins/losses chart’s case I was drawn in by the shape of the figure. There are many elements at work here and I felt like it was a good example to share because it shows the analytics of sports in a different more visually appealing way than your classic stat sheet.