Media Tech Tonic #19: Kevin Brooks: Storytelling for Designers

For our next meeting, Kevin Brooks, back by popular demand, will be leading a workshop for designers covering the components and process of telling stories in support of your design work.

Location: MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Room: Trustees Room, 11th floor, Tower Building *** Note Room Change ***
Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
Time: 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
RSVP: Not required for this event, open to the MassArt community.


Designers tell stories as a natural part of what they do. The craft and problem solving poured into any design will always have a context, conflict, logical constructs and most importantly an audience. In other words, a story. Storytelling and design are more than related, they are intertwined, reinforcing one another. This workshop will not be a survey of storytelling, but a session where designers learn the components and process of telling their story in support of their design work. Whether that work is static, temporal, analog or digital, any audience or viewer of the work will benefit from a narrative platform on which that work stands. Workshop participants will develop their own stories, applying them to design practice, and become reacquainted with the essential art that informs storytelling more than any other–the art of listening.


Kevin Brooks is a UX Product Manager for Motorola Mobility and a professional oral storyteller. At Motorola Kevin shepherds products through design and development, helping teams of different disciplines create home entertainment products with the best user experience possible. Kevin often uses stories to express technologies as connected user-centered experiences using a variety of media. As a storyteller, Kevin tells personal tales from his urban childhood of the 60´s through to his present day parenthood. His stories for adults and family audiences resonate with humor and poignancy, and he has been a featured performer at many storytelling festivals, conferences and other venues. In 2006 he released a CD of his stories entitled Kiss of Summer and in 2010 released a co-authored book entitled Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design, published by Rosenfeld Media. Kevin received his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, where his area of research was computational narrative and interactive cinema. Kevin has also studied engineering, computer science, creative writing and film production as an undergraduate, receiving a BS in Communications from Drexel University and an MA in Documentary Film from Stanford University. Kevin has several published papers and has given numerous workshops on storytelling and interactive story design for designers, engineers and storytellers alike.


Directions: By car | By T | Campus map (PDF)

Parking: Parking is no longer available in the Ward Street lot. We suggest taking the T if possible or take a chance with on-street parking if you can find it. Often there are spots available after 6:00 p.m. Otherwise, there is paid parking available at the Museum of Fine Arts parking garage (expensive). If you’re driving, take a close look at a Google Map of the area, things can be tricky the first time you drive around this area.

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