!F Lab – Interactive Factual Lab – is a Creative Europe training programme for digital storytellers that I have initiated with Belgian company iDrops, in 2015. The idea is to help creators to go from story to prototype by using a methodology of production that mixes design, software and storytelling praxis. Check out our current programme and locations.
What is !F Lab?
!F Lab is a series of three events designed to guide storytellers and digital makers through a production process for interactive factual narratives. Consisting of inspiring tutorials, hands-on workshops and professional mentorship, over six months participants will develop their idea into a working prototype and create finance and marketing plans to take their project onward.
!F Lab’s structure
!F Lab is devised in 3 workshops of 4 days, each one catering for a specific part of the interactive production process:
1. Story Booster – work on your What, Why, How: Idea generation, target audience, value porposition, impact map & initial user journey.
2. Design & Business Booster – work on your interactive design & business proposition: wireframing, sketching, interactive structure, initial prototyping, partnership & business strategy.
3. Prototype Booster – work on your interactive prototype: get some coding basics, be part of a two days prototype hack with other coders and designers & pitch in front of a professional journey.
!F Lab’s team
A dedicated team of four coaches is present at each workshop, representing all the skills needed in each team (storytelling, design, business & coding). This ensures continuity and trust within the particants and the coaches. Additional guest speakers are added in each workshop depend on the needs.
During !F Lab 2016 the coaches were:
- Mike Robbins, Creative Technologist and Partner at Helios Design Labs (Canada & Germany).
- Erika Grijalva, multidisciplinary UX Designer at the Harmony Institute (USA)
- Filip Fastenaekels, Mediaproducer for the Flemish Public Radio and Television Broadcaster (VRT), BBC, ZDF, NOS and NRK.
- Sandra Gaudenzi, i-Docs co-director & Associate Lecturer at the University of Westminster (UK).