Non-Linear Story Telling


Non-Linear Story Telling | D2B, Spring 2013

In contemporary society webpages or to be more correct, hypertexts, have become affluent forms of narratives. Hypertexts have great potential to create non-linear forms of narratives. They allow for individuals to actually interact with the story through links, images, audio and video. You will be asked to tell story about a phenomenon in your life in a non-linear way. In order to comprehend what a non-linear story is, look into the Arabian Nights or Garden of the Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges and tell the story in hyper text environment. According to Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort, “The concept Borges described in ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’—in several layers of the story, but most directly in the combination book and maze of Ts’ui Pên—is that of a novel that can be read in multiple ways, a hypertext novel.” Borges described this in 1941, prior to the invention (or at least the public disclosure) of the electromagnetic digital computer. Not only did he arguably invent the hypertext novel—Borges went on to describe a theory of the universe based upon the structure of such a novel.

Starting with a storyboard and drawing an interaction map and wireframes will help and good use of HTML5 and CSS will improve your narrative.

Format is online presentation of series of HTML pages. Presentation on a proper URL is appreciated.


  • Week 1
    Assignment description
    Go through examples/materials
    Start writing story
  • Week 2
    Present story/structure
    HTML/CSS/Webfont tutorial
    Start building the hypertext
  • Week 3
    Submission / Presentation / Critique
    Revision (lab hours) + Final submission


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