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Thursday, March 26 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Hybrid Storytelling: Making New Narratives Using the Tools of Design

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This presentation focuses on a new approach to narrative and narrative design which deploys graphic elements and design thinking strategies to arrive at ‘hybrid’ image/texts. There is a small, secret history of designed works in fiction, from Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy to Mark Danielwski’s House of Leaves. The visual literacy and communication methods of the design field open up new possibilities in fiction, from structuring narratives in a formally designed way to creating moments of emotional impact with well-timed visual or typographical surprises. The combination of text and image-based narrative has implications for interactive works, graphic novels, games, and designed novels. Zach Dodson and Saku Heinänen are building a new Graphic Design masters curriculum around the techniques and methodologies of hybrid works at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. The program is interdisciplinary as well as widely cross-cultural, creating a tinder box for new ideas. Heinänen has also developed a minor course of studies, Pixstories, which combine animation and storytelling. Here they present these emerging fields, the programs built around them, and a peek at the exciting works that are emerging from a hybridization of storytelling.

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Zach Dodson

Book Design, Aalto University, featherproof books
Zach Dodson is an active member of many arts communities, forging connections between the worlds of design and literature. He was the founder of Featherproof Books and Bleached Whale Design. His debut novel, Bats of the Republic, is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2016. His writing has appeared in Lamination Colony, Monsters & Dust, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction. His design has appeared in Proximity, MAKE Magazine, and... Read More →
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Saku Heinänen

Saku Heinänen is professor and the head of the graphic design program of Aalto University. He has been a prolific editorial designer and one of the few professional typeface designers in Finland, creating awarded retail and custom fonts. Heinänen has always practiced illustration, and now combines it with writing. His first illustrated novel Zaida ja lumienkeli (Zaida and the Snow Angel) came out in 2014, and its follow-up will be published... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Faculty Center

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