Resources

This is an evolving list of resources. If you’re in the class, free to go ahead and add resources you’ve come across in your studies, if not, email suggestions to d.tames@neu.edu.

Interaction Design

  • A Guide to Interactive Documentary: Structure, Tools & Narrative (Directors Notes, August 8, 2016) guides you through the world of non-liner storytelling, providing a reasonably comprehensive guide to help you begin your exploration of an evolving medium.
  • UX Myths (Zoltán Gócza and Zoltán Kollin) presents research data, quotes, and articles from well-known designers in order to debunk several UX design misconceptions.
  • Inventing the medium principles of interaction design as a cultural practice (Janet Murray, MIT Press, 2012) introduces a common methodology for the design of digital objects and environments and covers what Murray suggests is the fundamental palette for interaction designers: computational procedures, user participation, navigable space, and encyclopedic capacity.

Agile Design Methodology

Trends in journalism

Blogs and podcasts

  • Storybench covers the art and science of digital storytelling and is part of the Media Innovation track at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism.
  • On The Media is a weekly radio show and podcast produced by WNYC Studios and hosted by Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield who investigate how the media shapes our world view. Whether you are a student of the media, a practitioner, or simply curious, On The Media should be at the top of your media list. The Pulling back the curtain episode (May 25, 2007) is brilliant.

Storytelling

  • Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction (Jack Hart, University Of Chicago Press, Reprint Edition, 2012). Narrative nonfiction is a journalistic genre that has come into its own in the last decade and continues to evolve with the emergence of online journalism and interactive documentaries. At the core of these works is solid non-fiction storytelling. In this book Jack Hart, former managing editor of The Oregonian, provides you with the best guide available on the methodology and techniques of writing narrative nonfiction stories.
  • Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need (Margot Leitman, Sasquatch Books, 2015). A storytelling guide that’s fun to read and very practical. Leitman, a comedian and winner of multiple Moth storytelling competitions, shares her insights into how to tell a story that will engage your audience. She covers how to structure your story, ways of creating emotional impact, and suggestions on improving delivery. Each chapter contains a lot of practical exercises to get you going. A delight to read. While the focus is on oral storytelling, she covers fundamental principles that are applicable to all genres of storytelling.
  • The Danger of a Single Story (Chimamanda Adichie, TED Talk, 18:42). Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
  • The Power of Vulnerability (Brené Brown, TED Talk, 20:12). Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Tutorials

Tools of the trade