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Š 2012 Sammi Ford Grid design, introduction, six-word story description and five-frame story description by Scott Jost. Used by permission.

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rt 220, Introduction to Digital Media, introduces foundation-level ideas, skills, concepts, and processes to support development and cultivation of digital media literacy in an art context. Digital media literacy, in this course, includes selecting and using basic digital tools and media appropriate to one’s creative and communicative intent, independently accessing resources needed for self-learning, growth, and change, and preparation for success in intermediate and advanced digitally-based courses in the art department at Bridgewater College. 6 x 5: Flash Fiction and Visual Stories, the final project in Art 220, synthesizes skills and concepts in digital foundations, typography, and photography introduced earlier in the course with new concepts including verbal and visual narrative, publication design, and digital publishing.


Six-Word Stories


or sale: baby shoes, never worn. The six-word story form is attributed to Ernest Hemingway, who may or may not have written this story in response to a bet made by writers lunching with him at the Algonquin Hotel. Later, Hemingway supposedly claimed this story as his finest work. Six-word stories are a category of flash fiction, a group of literary forms characterized by extreme brevity. There is no strict definition of flash fiction, also known as sudden fiction, microfiction, micro-story, postcard fiction and short short story; the terms having been applied to works from six to a thousand words. Flash fiction forms share most story elements (protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution) with more conventional (May use elements main column this pageinor sidebar short stories. However, while many of these are explicitly treated conventional short stories, in microfiction they are or implied. columns onoften thissuggested page and next page) The six-word stories and other flash fiction formats are well suited to participatory online literary spaces, though they are also published in print magazines and collections. Contemporary six-word story projects abound, including Six Word Stories launched by producer and videographer Pete Berg in 2008, Smith Magazine’s Six Word Memoirs begun in 2006, and Six Word Story Every Day, a 2010 collaboration between designer Anne Ulku and writer Van Horgen. All three projects claim Hemingway’s probably apocryphal six-word story as inspiration.

6-word Story Intro

6-word Story Mom: blind. Dad: diabetic. Kid: screwed. Design Area

Girldating girl. Hello

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Five-Frame Stories


ive-frame stories are short visual narratives comprised of five sequenced images, usually photographs. Aside from a title, no additional text is used to direct the story’s meaning. Five-frame stories provide a visual corollary to sixword stories. Like six-word stories, five-frame stories share many elements found in more conventional forms of fiction. The Flickr group Tell a story in five frames (Visual story telling) states, “A good story has characters in action with a beginning, middle, and an ending. Fortunately a lot of information can be given in a single photograph, enhancing the limitations of five photographs for your story. Location, time, and atmosphere aid viewer imagination.” Tell a story in five frames (Visual story telling) was begun in 2004 by main column this page or sidebar Subhasish Karmakar, an Indian(May creativeuse director in the interaction design and visual communication fields. While the origins five-frame are page) columns onofthis pagestories and next uncertain Tell a story in five frames (Visual story telling), with over 11,000 members, is perhaps the form’s most prominent venue.

5-frame Story Intro

A Turn of First Events.

5-frame Story Page

(Story images align with outer edge of pages. Subsequent story images may appear on right and left pages or right pages only. This page must contain the story’s title.)

Sources “Flash Fiction.” Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 5 April 2012. “Tell a story in 5 frames (Visual story telling).” Flickr. Yahoo! Inc., n.d. Web. 20 April 2012.

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