Pause & Effect: The Art of Interactive Narrative

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New Riders, 2003 - Art - 257 pages
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Annotation Learn what to consider when introducing interactivity into your web site, online story or other linear presentations. Investigates the design, architecture, and approach to developing successful interactive narrative. Addresses emerging interfaces and new forms of content on the web. Case studies illustrate the pitfalls and successes of those that have gone before. Interactive narrative is the cornerstone for many forms of digital media; web sites, interface design, gaming environments, and even artificial intelligence. This book looks at the design, architecture, and approach to developing successful interactive narrative. This provocative book will appeal to designers with its edgy aesthetic. It's square, a dazzling layout of graphic and typographic imagery, and has unique design features that encourage reader interactivity by offering varying levels of information, different navigational possibilities, and even flipbook animations. Mark Stephen Meadows is an illustrator and designer of interactive imagery. While he's been known to lead small armies of designers behind the enemy lines of multi-national conglomerates, his focus is on the integration of design, art, and technology. Meadows has co-founded 2.5 companies and has worked at SRI, Xerox-PARC, and Construct Internet Design. He is an exhibiting painter, a published writer, a 3D animator, a print and online designer, and a member of the SFSU faculty.

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Mark Stephen Meadows is an artist and writer, currently living in Paris. He was most recently Creative Director for a venture of Stanford Research Institute and prior to that held the post of Artist-In-Residence at Xerox-PARC where he conducted research in reading and interactivity. He has been a professional designer in the realm of Interactive Media since 1993, creating works that defy traditional distinctions of "technology", "narrative" and "visual art."

His 3D animation and interactive design has touched companies from Lucasfilm to Microsoft, and he has been exhibiting his mixed media artwork since 1987 in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe. Meadows' work has received awards from Ars Electronica, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the National Information Infrastructure (NII) highest honors, among others.

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