Project 2 — Making the Abstract Concrete

Week 1– Session 1


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  1. How to help audience connect with the information/make it resonate
  • You most likely experienced hydroplaning even if you didn’t lose complete control.
  • Most people will tend to panic when they feel their vehicle spinning.
  • The most dangerous time to drive is during the first 10 mins of a light rain.
  • Hydroplaning refers to the skidding or sliding of a car’s tires across a wet surface.
  • It occurs when a tires encounters more water than the grooves can disperse.
  • When driving at high speeds over wet pavement, the water begins to push the front tires off the ground slightly, creating a thin film between the tire and the road.
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  • Separation of the road and tire
  • Driver to lose control of the car and possibly end up in a crash
  • A deadly combination for the driver and surrounding motorists.
  • Dos’
  • Don’ts
  • Stay calm
  • Steer and brake gently until tires regain contact with the road

Week 1– Session 2


Storyboard of hydroplaning

Story first draft

Week 2– Session 1


Peer Review

In today’s session, we each did three rounds of peer reviews where we explained our topic and walked through the storyboards with a classmate, and had them repeat what they heard and what they saw.


  • Narration is clearly organized in 3 parts: contributing factors, do’s and don’ts, and how to recover. But in the second section, I covered a lot of information during a short period of time, some were formatted as ‘tips’ without further explanation. Especially when I talked about Don’ts, my classmates were wondering the reasons behind. “What happens if I do so?”
  • Another feedback is to add more data and clarification to my narration. For example, how much water is “too much” on the road for hydroplaning to happen, and the feeling of driver when experiencing hydroplaning is unclear. This feedback made me consider to provide more details on “how does it work”.
  • As a whole story, the second part felt a little bit separated with other two, in terms of narrative style and density of information. I should using examples or further explanation to emphasize contributing factors to hydroplaning.


According to the feedback, I created storyboard version 2. I tried to sketch out one continued story. In addition to visual boards, I noted information I plan to communicate through motion and sound effect. Hydroplaning is abstract because it is quite fast. When explaining that hydroplaning might cause the driver to lose complete control of steering and braking, the sound effects I would like to include are tire skid sound and car crash sound.

Week 2– Session 2



The visual style I am considering involves simple and clean illustrations and animations. It’s easily to encounter hydroplaning when driving in the rain, and I want to immerse my audience in a rainy day’s setting. For my color palette, I will use blue and mint as main colors with some orange or red as highlight colors.

moodboard with reference images

Week 3– Session 1


  • Is the transition between frames warranted? Is it smooth?
  • How much closure does the transition require?
  • How can I leverage visual and narrative to convey meaningful information?
  • Is the visual style consistent?
  • All of my peers got lost when I was talking about cruise control. I should add more visuals to smooth that transition.
  • Showing raindrops falling on the windshield is simply and effective. But the driver’s perspective
  • Revise the script to be more concise, current one is a bit long.
  • Start working on illustration style and color palette for key frames.

Week 3– Session 2


Week 4– Session 1


Week 4– Session 2


Week 5– Session 1



  1. Including structure of car, instead of only showing the tire/steering wheel, would help the audience understand the context.
  2. Using a driver’s perspective will be more effectively to explain speed change, car losing control, raining conditions etc.

Week 6- Session 1



  1. The concept is well communicated. Illustrations are straightforward and easy to understand. The steering wheel in the beginning could be highlighted more and lessen the brightness or contrast of the background with the trees, hills and road.
  2. The narrative is a little fast paced for people to process the information. Based on this feedback, I will stretch the whole narration to make the pacing comfortable.

Week 7 — Session 1


Final Video


What are your key takeaways from the second project?



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