Storyboarding as a Way of presenting new ideas in DT application

The Ashesi Dlab is back and this week it hosted the first content series of the semester. In continuing with last semester’s format, it was done in a YouTube style presentation. It took place on the 7th of February 2018. The presenter was Tamisha Segbefia.

Tamisha is a freshman at Ashesi University College and a CS major. Over the past few months here at Ashesi, she has been very fascinated by the design thinking process and has been employing it more, even when planning her day.  “Thanks to the introduction of Design Thinking in FDE, I’ve found it easier to analyze problems and fully understand how to put all of my ideas on paper, organized or not,” she said.  Tamisha hopes to grow her knowledge in design thinking and share with others who haven’t been exposed to the concept.

Tamisha  was introduced to Story-boarding in her F.D.E class, and she found it a very useful tool in solving problems much more easily than conventional methods of writing them down. A storyboard creates a narrative that focuses on people and their actions. It communicates ideas using visual representations. These presentations allow for easy mapping of problems and their solutions.

She mentioned some importance of story-boarding. The first of which was that it helps to visualize people’s behavior to fully understand an individual. The second was that it helps manufacturers view their process much faster and in an easier manner. She also touched on some steps she found useful while drawing a story-board:

  1. Write out the story that you want to tell
  2. Use a large paper sheet first to draw to allow for all team members to have a chance to input.
  3. Draft  do not have to be perfect drawings
  4. Use colors to make key elements stand out.

Story-boarding has some advantages over other methods of finding solutions and Tamisha mentioned a few. Firstly, the story-boarding process is cheap, one does not need expensive materials to carry it out, a large sheet of paper and some colored pens are all that is needed. Secondly, this method encourages teamwork as it allows all teammates to pitch in. Thirdly, the inclusion of pictures makes this method easy to understand. Finally, since story-boarding does not require expert drawing skills, it is easy to do.

Story-boarding is a very interesting concept and thanks to Tamisha for her time and her illuminating presentation. Join us throughout the semester as we continue to explore design thinking.

Find below the video for the presentation:

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