It’s been on my to do list since August, but I finally got the last mile of code done to restore my Five Card Flickr stories site to life. If you had not played with this before, the initial description tells it all: I’ve been ultra interested in the idea of telling stories in pictures. […]
While shaking off the thick layers of coding dust in my Feed2JS efforts, I also took some time to update the code for my Five Card Flickr site- you can play with it now at http://web.nmc.org/5cardstory/. Again, this is a variant of Five Card Nancy, where you are challenged to assemble 5 photos randomly plucked […]
I had some code fun in September creating the Five Card Stories site, which provides a simple activity in visual storytelling by making a visitor select from five rounds of randomly chosen images to string together as a story told only in pictures — now the source code is available from Google Code (I would […]
Wow are my PHP coding pencils dull, but I’ve had some fun last 2 nights getting them back (we’ll see how sharp they really). I have a really crude, ugly, unformatted demo of a tool I want to use later this month for a session at the Learning 2.008 conference. So I am asking (a) for feedback on the idea I think is brilliant may not be; (b) contribution of some content by simple tagging.
This blog post will wander a bit on concept and sometimes take a nose dive into code but may surface again.
I’ve been ultra interested in the idea of telling stories in pictures. Ever since I saw Ruben Puentadora‘s workshop on web comics back in 2007 (and later at the 2008 NMC Summer Conference) a little idea has been brewing. Ruben does this fantastic group activity based on work from Scott McCloud, that makes creative work, from all things, of old Nancy cartoons. Using the Five-Card Nancy web version of Scott’s original card game, Ruben conducts an exercise in visual story weaving.
Basically, you get a shuffled deck of five panels from different Nancy cartoons, and you have to pick one at a time to, in five steps, produce a coherent story, or at least die laughing trying. The point is to make connections and discuss the reasons for the choice.
The idea that has been brewing is to create a web tool that works the same, but rather than drawing from a pool of Nancy cartoons (no offense to the Nancy-holics), draw from a pool of images, say in flickr– this is different slightly from the Flickr Tell a Story in 5 Frames, but presents another way of facing the challenge of telling a story in images only.