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September 29, 2018
Magic napkin and London attractions
June 10, 2015
Another great e-learning challenge this week (Interactive maps – where do you live?) made me design…a magic napkin! I didn’t want to use the standard approach with inserting map screenshots – I wanted something magic ! Two things inspired me to create an interaction where you can draw a London attraction by yourself on a napkin:
I read “The back of the napkin” by Dan Roam nowadays. So it gave me the right format (a napkin) and a style (hand drawn images).
This smart scratch-off interaction from Articulate’s community shows how to reveal/scratch off an image on a lottery ticket with a coin – so I deployed the idea to my project by incorporating a pencil and a hand drawn symbol of London.
I started with drawing – Flash was a great tool to use for this purpose. First I created an outlined image of an attraction, then duplicated it several times and erased some parts of the drawing. So like you can see below, it looks like the telephone box is revealing more and more. At the end, the telephone box was coloured with a brush going beyond the lines. It gave the look and feel of even more hand drawn effect. I sketched 5 most popular London/UK symbols: a telephone box, a double decker, London Eye, Big Ben and a classic policeman’s hat.
The project in Storyline contains 6 slides - the drawing tricks are on the starting (head) slide.
All you can see when you start is the outline of the first image. In fact there’s a rectangular hotspot in the middle of the dotted area. Every time the pencil is dragged over this area - a numeric variable changes (it adds up 1 to a variable). Every time the variable changes, the state of the image is different as well. In case of a telephone box it says “change the state of the image to tel1 – the smallest/upper part of the drawing – when user drags over the hotspot, on the condition variable telephone equals 1”. You repeat the steps until the variable reaches 5 and the state of the image is telFinal (coloured sketch).
When the drawing reveals in 100% it automatically jumps to a slide with the full description of the attraction (which is an information placed on another napkin with some hand drawn font in use).
Clicking the close button, brings you back to the main slide, but this time swhoing a layer when the telephone box is visible and another symbol is outlined – ready to reveal.
(click image to launch the interaction)
The process is repeatable until all the sketches are visible. You can click the attractions to read the descriptions again and again.
There’s also a web object inserted (short London Eye clip from YouTube) and an audio file (Big Ben chime) to make this example more interesting and enjoyable.
I hope you had a good fun with the magic napkin. As I'm looking forward to your comments and feedback :)