Storyboard Presentations: Ideas in Graphic Form

By Paul Silli

A presentation without a storyboard is like a wagon without a horse. Storyboarding should never be at the beginning of any creative project because you cannot get to this stage unless you have a clear vision of what you want (Indezine Online, 2). If you are undertaking a project for yourself or for a client, there would be little to be gained in using a storyboard without ideas – the storyboard is an element to capture and refine your thoughts.

What exactly is a storyboard? It is an organizational layout, that is put on paper or created on a computer as screen-shots. A storyboard is both abstract and physical. The abstract storyboard is a visualization or source of inspiration; and the physical is when you put your thoughts on paper in a timeline, graphical format. For instance:

Storyboard Example 1

In this example, the upper part shows a layout of the screen. The two middle boxes provide space to describe the interaction of buttons and text fields. Comments are added to detail the color scheme, text attributes, audio, and details for the programmer (Maricopa, 1).
Storyboard Example 2
For this example, you see two screen representations, one for the computer and one for a second screen that would detail a video (this was typical for multimedia where video was shown on an external device such as a VCR or a laser disk player). Again, there is space to define the interactive features, and the nature of additional media (Maricopa, 2).
Storyboard Example 3
This example provides a larger area for the representation of the computer screen, but provides plenty of room for describing what is needed. By having these areas on both sides, the storyboard artist can also use arrows to link descriptions to parts of the screen (Maricopa, 3).

No matter which storyboard format you choose, the following info should be included:

  • A sketch or drawing of the screen-shots, pages, or frames…
  • Color, layout/placement, and size of graphics included…
  • Actual text, title excerpts, if any, for each screen, page, or frame…
  • Color, size, and type of font, if there is text…
  • Narration, Animation, Video, Audio, other media, if any…
  • Audience interaction: target market directed…

Please visit:, to see a storyboard worksheet that may help you develop your ideas.


2 Responses to “Storyboard Presentations: Ideas in Graphic Form”

  1. Pecos Namo Says:

    Great stuff. Thanks much.

  2. muhammad Says:

    good i have to learn

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