Letters to José: A Design Case for Building Tangible Interactive Narratives

Daniel Echeverri , Huaxin Wei

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The field of interactive digital storytelling has been largely focused on screen-based, algorithm-driven narrative systems. While a considerable number of tools, models and experimental cases have been built to explore different aspects of the narrative and system design, very few of them are applicable for the category of tangible narratives. This paper presents a design case, Letters to José, to contribute to the body of works in tangible storytelling. Conducted through a research through design process, the building and evaluation of this case reveals key design aspects and considerations for authoring tangibles narratives, as well as the interactive narrative experience it brings. From the design process and the study findings, we identify a critical design category – artifacts for storytelling – whose characteristics and roles in an interactive narrative system are discussed. In reflecting the decision-makings, we address the complex design problems for building tangible interactive narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive Storytelling - 13th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAnne-Gwenn Bosser, David E. Millard, Charlie Hargood
PublisherSpringer Cham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030625153
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12497 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


  • Artifacts for storytelling
  • Interactive narrative
  • Letters to josé
  • Research through design
  • Tangible interaction
  • Tangible narrative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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