What is a Storyboard?
What is a Storyboard?
A storyboard is a project planning technique that uses a combination of images and text to lay out your ideas, kind of like a comic strip!
Storyboards help to keep your work clear and focused, and can be used for many tasks in different contexts. T
hey can help you plan an essay, a presentation, or a digital media project.
Storyboarding can be done in a variety of ways, and there is no single, ‘right’ way to create one. However, the five essential elements are
1.Set of shapes made up of text and images, placed vertically, horizontally or in clusters
2. Logically sequenced
3. Reads like a book
4. Any length
5. Simple or complex
One, storyboards are often presented as a set of panels, which can be square boxes, rectangles or even circles. For this example, we’ll be using square boxes. These panels can be placed horizontally or vertically or can be set in meaningful clusters.
Two, these shapes are placed in a logical sequence. For example, linear sequences should place boxes to be read across the page the same way we would read a book - starting in the top left, returning at the end of each line.
Three, boxes are filled with pictures, symbols and text. The information placed in the boxes should include the graphics, text, information, as well as a place for feedback.
Four, Storyboards can be any length, from two to two thousand shapes, depending on the length of your work.
Five, Storyboards can be as simple or as complex as you need them to be. You could use stick figures and short text or more complex drawings and longer sentences.
Regardless of the type of project, storyboards consist of these five elements:
Set of shapes made up of text and images, placed vertically, horizontally or in clusters
Reads like a book
Simple or complex
If you'd like to try storyboarding for your next project, download this template from our guide to organize your thoughts, stay focused, and make your content easily understood by a wide audience.
Need help? Email, chat or drop by!
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.