First there were story tellers, then books, followed by talking books. Now prepare for ‘on-line serials’. This narrative website device is an attempt to launch Hollywood scripts into cyberspace via dialogue and cursor-responsive action. Microsoft Network has developed the SpokenWorld, described as a forum enabling storytellers to experiment and create innovative on-line stories. There is no written script but viewers engage with images, audio dialogue and real-time music. The first episode, DreamSheet, has been designed by Brett Wickens, creative director of new media at Los Angeles group Frankfurt Balkind Partners. The consultancy’s design serves as a template for subsequent stories at http://spokenworld.msn.com.
A round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.
From a fully functional American diner through to Google’s unnerving house showing how technology has taken over our lives, we round up our favourites from this year’s Italian design festival.
Research conducted into the diversity of the creative industries shows the sector on the whole to be hard to access for ethnic minorities, women and those from low-income backgrounds.
Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi talks about why he decided to create a new typeface that incorporates braille and letters to cater for both blind and sighted people.