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Visual Storytelling Examples

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Why Choose Visual Stories

  • Single Images (Still photos, paintings, etc) convey strong emotion, a single point or mood 
  • They can speak more loudly than words, especially in this image-centered era
  • Images can show things differently, and show different things. 
  • Easy to place in the landscape for an ongoing presence
  • Terrific way to engage people in a collaborative project (see mnural project examples)
































Digital Tools 


  (It is not free, but what professionals use; also invites audio)

Look at Alan Levine's List of Storytelling Tools







Why Choose Multimedia 

Video brings viewers to the action, to the place central to see and hear. 

Mixing text and image well can amplify the message: two plus two equals far more than four. 

Audio and image complement one another, bringing the viewer close to the teller and to the teller's perspective.

Great way to engage youth



 Video Editing:  Basic tools-- iMovie (Mac) and Moviemaker(PC) ; Advanced tools: premiere (PC), FinalCutPro (Mac) 

Picnik for image/text--example above

Voicethread for voice/image/text; Glogster for multimedia collages, example--a whole compendium of free, easy-to-use digital tools,

described here by Alan Levine 

Soundslide example (Many newspapers use this professional quality tool--inexpensive)



Hypertext example

 (text and image)

Digital Story example

Joe Lambert's Digital Story about saving the Albany Bulb

Touching Hearts Stories 

  (narrative made up of several individual stories--note the simple use of image, sound and text)

360 Degrees 

Perspective on the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Background, Timeline, Stories and Discussion


NYT Project: One in Eight Million 

Race in America site

Mediastorm  A great example

Shifting Ground

 Interactive narratives.org

American Diversity Project


Holding Up the Memories

Mountain Workshops

Marching Together Soundslides 

Saving the Sierra 

Meadowlark Project 

Capture Wales Digital Stories 

Digital Stories from Canada 

Stories for Change Digital Storytelling Portal 

Storytelling Project in Oakland, CA, The Organic City


Mapping Stories

Examples from other sites to give you ideas:

Mapping the stories using Wayfaring

Flickr MemoryMaps

Bay Area Map of Dangerous Intersections

Travels of Marco Polo and Google Maps

Storymapping Example from Ukiah, California






Interactive storytelling events:  theater.  See Ukiah project above

Heart of the Town Festival

Local television

Geocaching/Vision quest stories


Community Almanac

Ways to curate the stories from ACMI Museum in Melbourne, Australia

A way to screen stories that include letters, old pictures, scrapbooks

City of Memory Project in New York City  (StoryCorps)

Place Stories in Australia: Software and Server hosting stories combined into one



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