Create Interactive Stories with Photo Collages

Photo Collages in E-Learning #27: Challenge | Recap

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

Create Interactive Stories with Photo Collages

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.


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:

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!

Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.

David Anderson
Tracy Carroll