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Distributed Narratives

Navigating Multiple Views

F. N. van der Vlist

Thirteen distinctive pamphlets are designed as supplements to the Bachelor's thesis Distributed Narratives: Extracting Design Methods from Nonlinear Narrative Formations (2012). Each pamphlet provides a selective reading – or view – of its contents. The contents of the thesis are abstracted and visualised as a tree with branches for sections and subsections. Each branch has a page number and its position on the front side of the pamphlet corresponds precisely with a miniature representation of the corresponding paragraph on the rear side. That is, the rear side contains the entire thesis in miniature form, much like a landscape of floating text paragraphs. While the rear sides of the pamphlets remain identical, the front sides are particular to distinctive readings. Readings are based on a number of character types: there is a ‘Collector’, a ‘Data Architect’, a ‘Data Miner’, a ‘Decoder’, a ‘Device Junkie’, an ‘Encoder’, an ‘Information Architect’, a ‘Network Administrator’, a ‘Process Coordinator’, a ‘Random Participant’, a ‘Stylist’, a ‘System Architect’, and a ‘System Informer’. Descriptions of each character type are provided in the upper left sections of these pamphlets. They thus serve as blueprints covering different – and sometimes overlapping – aspects of conceptualising, designing, engineering, and coordinating distributed narratives whilst inspiring interdisciplinary collaborations.



Kind Bachelor's Project; Pamphlet Series
Designer F. N. van der Vlist
Supervisor L. J. M. A. Schijvens; K. M. Mientjes
Publication Date 2012, June 11
Institution Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences)
Description Submitted to the Department of Graphic Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy, School of Media & Design at the Rotterdam University of Applied Science, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Design (BDes).