A story board provides a visual story of the scenario of use of a product or service. It is a design tool to communicate how a product or service may work and how the target user might interact with it. The story board conventionally involves a series of scenes that are in time-linked sequence. The time may be over a short or long period, of varying time periods between scenes, but will be sequential.
They offer the viewer an opportunity to see the process involved in using a product or service. The user, task and environment are often described in the sequence.
A storyboard may be a low fidelity hand-drawn sketch sequence or a high-fidelity computer-generated animation or film presentation.
Story boards have a number of advantages:
- They can be low-cost
- Quick to produce in minutes
- Demonstrate complex systems
- Can evoke some level of empathy through description of UTE
- Highlight important moments that may be performance or safety critical
- Can be presented to an individual or team for review
- Can be used as a presentation tool to target users of a predicted product or service for evaluation
- Can be used as a real-time design tool to review complex systems with a multi-disciplinary team for expert review.
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