Beyond the Hero's Journey
by Paul Rissen (Senior Product Manager, Springer Nature)
Everything is a story nowadays. We’re implored to consider the hero’s journey, not just the user’s journey. But do we really know what makes a story tick? Rather than applying the hallmarks of storytelling to user experiences, this session will go deep on the most pervasive information architecture there is — story itself. Why do you binge on those box sets? What makes you punch the air in delight? We’ll go beyond the three acts, the rise and fall, and examine how screenwriters structure narrative at a deeper level. How they carefully craft the revelation of information to an audience. What are the poetics of storytelling, and how do writers use so called ‘narrative special effects’ to keep you engaged? Drawing upon the work of screenwriting experts, critics and academics, as well as seven years of experience with narrative online, this talk will demystify the process of crafting a narrative, showing how information architecture and structured thinking can help us make sense of the stories we tell ourselves every day.
Slides available here
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