Joy Manufacturing Co’s “Ambition: A Minuet in Power” Game

Play the role of a woman of fashion in pre-revolutionary France, on PC and Mac

Undeniably, some of the best storytelling shared today occurs in the world of independent video games. A testament to this, “Ambition: A Minuet in Power,” allows players to enter the world of pre-revolutionary France, where parties are battlefields, information is power and a central heroine named Yvette Decaux navigates it all. Beyond a meticulous, layered realization, the game also iterates a different world every time …

The Snow Fox Digital Storybook App

An interactive children's book customized to each individual reader

Beyond the value on instilling a love of reading in children, bedtime stories also act as fondly remembered bonding moments. And while the world of the children’s books continues to be populated by vivid and heartwarming stories, there’s something very special about The Snow Fox—a book in app form. Developed by digital innovation agency AKQA, the story follows the reader. Listening as the reader speaks, …

Instagram Live Video

It’s impressive just how quickly Instagram can roll out new competitive features. For those who’ve already found great value in their photo zooming and the addition of stories (which 100 million people have now used), there’s a new trick up the social media service’s sleeve, out today: live videos. Now, users can stream live experiences directly through the stories section. As with images in the …

Pop-Up Magazine Tour

A new kind of storytelling performance, not recorded or filmed

Taking new non-fiction stories off the page and into the third dimension, Pop-Up Magazine is an unusual performance template aiming to keep the audience at the edge of their seats. Across a wide range of topics—pop culture, crime, science, food, politics, music—narrators will speak, making use of visuals (be it animation or film or photography) all the while an on-stage band performs the story’s “soundtrack.” …

Yours Truly

Telling slow stories, led by the musicians themselves, through more than just words and photos

Lately, music journalism feels like it’s been replaced by a cycle of press release paraphrasing, tracklist postings and lifestyle commentary, with the occasional interview peppered in between. The same background information, recycled adjectives and name-dropping of influences bubble at the surface. Newly reshaped editorial platform Yours Truly (YT)—which originated as a music blog and later developed into a creative studio—has taken up the challenge to …