A storyboard is a graphic version of a script or the pre-visualization of a concept or idea. It helps to bring order into the thematic sorting of sequences of inputs.
Duration: Medium (about 30-60 minutes)
Complexity: Not defined
Group size: 1 - 10 persons
Storyboards are used to visualize processes. When developing products it can be used to show possible application processes, the interaction between products or the behavior of involved users. This method is about creating a short story out of ideas or idea fragments that have already been developed and visualizing them in a storyboard. This allows you to visualize the function of an idea in a logical order, to complete it and to test it. Moreover you can illustrate different behavior or reactions of the users and comment on them. A storyboard usually consists of a sequence of pictures that comes along with explanatory text. Each picture stands for an important step in the total process.
- Prepare the templates for the storyboards.
- Ask the participants to choose one or several ideas or fragments of ideas and to create a story on the storyboard.
- All participants show their stories.
- Discuss in the group. Does the argumentation make sense? Is the central message logic and convincing? Is it a good storyline?
Hints from experience
- Storyboard templates
- Board markers or pencils