Storyboarding: Connecting Visuals to Argument
This exercise provides a chance to plan and organize your visuals and chosen dataset to work towards your project. To complete this exercise, you should already have your dataset and three visualizations.
You will now create a “storyboard” to visually plan how you will integrate visuals into the argument of the deliverable to create a “story” or argument. A storyboard is a combination of words and visuals used to show how your idea will unfold. In this case, it is a tool for planning how your main points and visuals will work together to communicate your overall argument.
Step 1: Gather
Like the pile of legos, you should bring bits and pieces to put towards your project, such as your data and visuals. These pieces should be complete before beginning this activity. See M2.1 Exercise for more information.
Step 2: Describe
Now that the legos (and your information) have been organized into sections, explain your argument and each visual you are planning.
Step 3: Outline
Begin to build up the main sections of your argument. Feel free to use headings to help you organize your information.
Step 4: Arrange
Continue building your argument by positioning the visuals in the order that best makes your point.
Step 5: Integrate
The final step is to merge the lego sections you have built to develop a complete product. Blending the visuals into your outline by explaining how they fit into your argument will help to create a storyboard that connects planned visuals to the “story”, or overall point, you are making.
Your completed storyboard should clearly describe the point you are making, and where and how each visual fits in.