Blog post 1: Daft Punk

I didn’t really know where to start with this so I literally just searched for interactive storytelling websites and ended up finding a pretty cool one. This one is done by Pitchfork which is a site for music news and reviews and things of that sort. This particular piece was about Daft Punk and how they grew in popularity.

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http://pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/reader/daft-punk/

This was at the very top of the page and as you scroll down, the background moves and different photos come in. The story itself is interesting because it shows how Daft Punk are real people and not just some mysterious robots that make cool noises. It even explains why they wear their gold and silver helmets.

As far as usability, I thought it was executed well. There is an option to go full screen which doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I think it makes it much more of an experience and not just reading a story off a page. The flames that you see in the photo actually move in the background which gives it a cool effect as well.

They talk about a time when Daft Punk was about to unveil their brand new outfits and helmets during a photo shoot with all this fire, but they were worried that people would see them and take a picture and post it for others to see before they were ready. So the flames on the page kind of tie everything together.

Everything flows well as you scroll down. They do something interesting when you’re between segments, though. They add quotes from Daft Punk and, as you’re reading, the letters change to 1s and 0s like binary code because they’re supposed to be robots. It’s a really cool effect except that It makes it extremely hard to read. Otherwise it’s a really cool concept.

Overall I thought the they photos and the interactive scrolling made the story very interesting. It also has a standard version, which is not interactive, if you just want to read straight from the page.

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