Day 29: Form/Function and the storytelling power of media design

by | Aug 19, 2016

Media design is making its way into more and more productions every day; almost, in fact, becoming the norm rather than the exception. Earlier this month we looked at a specific production that used interactive media. Today we’ll hear directly from a media designer about what he wishes directors knew, and how he hopes they think about media design in the the larger picture of their overall vision.

Over the course of 2015 and early 2016, media and systems designer (and former director) Daniel Fine wrote a series of blog posts for HowlRound exploring the craft of media design from several angles. The entire series is linked at the top of each piece, but today we’re specifically focusing on two of the articles: Media Design and the Director, and Media Design and Dramaturgy: Creating Meaning.

Whether you’ve used media design in several productions or are just considering it for your next one, Fine’s insights will guide your approach and help you take full advantage of all this design language has to offer your storytelling efforts.

Tobi MattinglyTobi Mattingly is a Chicago-based director, actor, music director, and teaching artist. She is the founder of Artistic Conspiracy, an arts organization dedicated to creating and enabling world-changing theatre. Through this organization, she helps professional theatremakers take control of their theatre careers through learning and balancing artistic craft, bodymind practices, and business/marketing management. Tobi is DirectorLabChicago’s Director of Marketing & Communications, and edits and curates the DLC blog.

Photo at left by Austin D. Oie.
Photo at top of page by Imfoto via Deposit Photos.


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