Sunday, May 4, 2008

Story Time

We Tell Stories from the UK division of publisher Penguin consists of six explorations of how to tell a (short) story online with varying degrees of interaction.

One of my favorites – though probably one of the least interactive and the least "story" like – is Hard Times – a sort of "State of the Union" told through facts and figures compiled by Matt Mason and impeccably designed by dataphiliac, Nicholas Feltron. I'm not sure that Feltron needed Mason – his "annual reports" are nothing short of mesmerizing in his quantifying and documenting his past year. Check out the 2007 Feltron Annual Report.

However, for a genuinely innovative use of Web tech to tell a story Charles Cumming's may be the best. The 21 Steps' clever use of Google Maps makes for an engaging read.

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