Blog: Using Prezi to Create Effects of Storyboarding and Timeline Visualization
Tools or Software Employed: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Prezi
Methods & Skills: Graphic Design
Objective: Using Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software to create effects of storyboarding and artist timeline.
I was exposed to Prezi several months ago in my graphic design class. I thought that it was an innovative method in achieving effects of storyboarding. In contrast to conventional storyboards, Prezi gives the viewer a chance to motion to the next frame without spoiling the element of surprise. Conventional storyboards aim to achieve need validation that help focus on broader concept exploration and user’s needs. Using Prezi, you can achieve the same effects and can further use it to help highlight critical concepts that you would like to display.
An artist timeline will need to incorporate two components – the work of the artist and life events. I wanted to present life events in a manner to echo with the artist’s artwork, to display that connection as relevant as possible, where its objectives are similar to storyboarding. Some of the challenges that I found with working with Prezi is trying to balance transitions in a way that does not trigger motion sickness. Some of the tactics I employed was to time the transition phase and the direction it transitions toward. I also tried zoom-in and zoom-out effects to give the eye a point of engagement, thereby giving the viewer a chance to imprint the outlines and contours of the image, before zooming into its detail, reducing effects of motion sickness.
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