Create Interactive Stories with Photo Collages
- Build an interactive slide or course from a single image
- Get rid of bullet points
- You don't need to be a photographer to make this work
- Use your own photos or prebuilt stock photo collages
- Create multiple panel layouts similar t comic books
Looking to move from a screen full of bullets to creating visual stories? Then you’ll love the ideas shared in Tom’s post on using photo collages to build interactive stories.
Working from simple panel layouts, the photo collage is a simple way to work with image-driven stories and interactions.
In Tom’s example, he used a symmetrical layout similar to many comic book designs. But that’s just one possibility. Another option is to work from a less structured layout:
A quick search in your favorite stock photo site returns a variety of photo collage styles and possibilities. Here are two more ideas:
I really like this visual approach to storytelling and and think it’ll make a great e-learning challenge.
Challenge of the week
This week, your challenge is to create an interactive story around a photo collage. You can use placeholder photos and graphics, or rework an existing project into a photo collage.
You can design your interactive story around any topic you like. Not sure where to begin?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Design your story around a common problem or challenge
- Rework an existing scenario or interaction using a photo collage
- Use the built-in characters (illustrated and photographic) which include multiple expressions and poses
- Map collages are ideal for interactive org charts or customer profiles
You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to build your interactive story.
- Here’s a Simple Way to Convert Your Course to an Interactive Story
- Have You Seen These Comic Book Style E-Learning Examples?
- 3 Ways to Make Your E-Learning Course Look Like a Comic Book
Last week’s challenge
Before you begin creating your interactive story collages, take a moment to check out the amazing ideas shared in last week’s interactive screenshot challenge:
- Heather Steckley kicked off the week’s challenge with an interactive approach to UI training that features lightbox videos and a quiz option to practice using the software.
- Ari Avivi shared a twist on UI training with an interactive street map. I like Ari’s example because it demonstrates the versatility of this simple technique. Ari also shared the project source files. Thanks, Ari!
- Jeff Kortenbosch shared a creative concept that lets the learners view or try the software. Download Jeff’s source files to learn more about his project. Thanks, Jeff!
- Michael Hinze soared through the challenge with an interactive dashbboard featuring interactive markers, map zoom, and scrollbars. If you’re like me, you’ll want to read more about this one. Nicely done, Michael.
- Jackie Van Nice wrapped a fun little story around her US Passport Application demo. Jackie always includes subtle extras in her demo so be sure your speakers are turned on. As always, Jackie shares even more details in her detailed blog posts. Well done, Jackie!
- Ashley Chiasson changes perspectives to provide restaurant reviews in her street-level example.
- Alex O’Byrne shared an animated idea for learning more about Moodle.
- Joshua Roberts helps learners get up to speed with Twitter while providing general facts and info for each area.
- Mary Cropp went for a drag-and-drop approach to clarify her intranet’s navigation tools. Simple demo with a lot of real possibilities. Great ideas, Mary!
- Charles Hamper guides learners through Paint.net in this elegant software demo.
- Dan Sweigert shared a practical example for explaining software controls and features using caption boxes and a practice opportunity. Check out Dan’s blog to learn more about his demo and how he put it together. Thanks, Dan!
- Paul Alders jumped into the challenge with a fun, story-based approach to learning Google Docs. Well done, Paul!
- Gina Orozco joined the challenge with a simple and practical approach to interactive screenshots. Using built-in shape tools, this is a good example of how one can rapidly build interactive screenshots. Thanks, Gina!
- Allison Nederveld moved beyond the defaults to create her zooming map that features a toggle option for learners to choose map and satellite views. Great example of using built-in features to achieve custom results. You can get the lagniappe on Allison’s interactive map from her blog post.
- Nick Russell put some extra effort (and humor) in his scenario-based approach to software training. You’ll find some fun ideas in this one.
- Emilie Elearning provided some good tips, practice opportunities, and resources on using Articulate Presenter ‘13 and Storyline’s player settings.
- Nancy Woinoski shared some more great ideas for technical document training featuring guided questions, annotations, and learner FAQs. Well done, Nancy!
- Sabrina DiCiano introduced us to getting started with Google Fonts. Nice job, Sabrina!
- Ian McConnell shared an interactive screenshot for a modern messaging app. You can read all about Ian's project over at his blog. Well done, Ian!
More about the e-learning challenges:
The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.
Here’s wishing you an interactive week, E-Learning Heroes!
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