Origin of StoryboardsTraditionally, storyboards have been used in the film industry to plan the different events in a plot, decide how best to film each scene, and plan what is required for each aspect of creating the movie.
Walt Disney is attributed as the creator of the use of storyboards. Even before he created the Disney company, Walt used storyboards to rough out his animated, short cartoons. By the time he created Snow White, his company was using storyboards to represent the complete, full-length movie. By 1939, storyboards made the transition from animate to live action, and Gone With The Wind was the first live action film to utilize this technique. Since then, most movies have relied on the storyboarding technique as a pre-production tool.
Business PresentationsMore recently, storyboards have been used in the planning process for business presentations. The idea of using a visual space to plan presentations is extremely productive as it helps ensure that the presentation flows well.
The process is easy to integrate into your current workflow as it relates to presentation design.
- Print whatever slides you already have as 9 slides per page (PowerPoint) or 16 slides per page (Keynote). This will print your slides at a size that is the same as a 1.5x2.0 inch Post-it note. Thus, you can add extra notes to represent additional slides that may be needed.
- Tape all of the slides onto a whiteboard or other smooth surface (like a back of a door or a window).
- Re-arrange slides as needed while inserting Post-it notes.
- Capture the new arrangement using your smart phone camera.
- Carefully pull-off the slides in order so that you can use the stack as a reference when working on your computer. If you did the planning in your office, you may be able to view the whiteboard from your computer.
Below is the capture of my presentation which is available at Slideshare.net and embedded below.