Designing for Isolation, Think Small for Storytelling, Why Most 360 Video is No Good, Obama in VR (Newsletter #16)

Love going to the movies? One of life's great joys is to be able to watch movies with people: family,


January 17 · Issue #16 · View online
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Love going to the movies? One of life’s great joys is to be able to watch movies with people: family, friends, or even strangers. (Some prefer to do it alone, but in their heart of hearts, they are still intrigued by the pulse of a live crowd.) The cinema is, by design, a social experience.
Now, how about reading? Will curling up with a good book on a rainy day feel the same as guests are bustling about at home? 
Unlike traditional cinema, books and VR experiences are both solitary. Joel Gunz perfectly surmises: it’s “a sort of one-on-one relationship between the storyteller and audience.” Dan Cotting goes as far as to say that isolation (HMD strapped to your face) is actually a good thing for creators and viewers: “Distractions act to dilute and confuse the message/ experience of engaging with content.”
In this issue, we explore the idea of isolation and confinement in VR, as well as the value in ‘thinking small’ for VR storytelling. Enjoy!
All the best,

Photo of the Week: US President Barack Obama in a 360 video tour of The White House
Storytelling for a VR Audience, Part 1
A Solitary Adventure? Designing for Isolation in VR
How To Find VR Destinations at Sundance 2017
Why Most 360 Video is No Good
The Inside Story of Google’s Daydream, Where VR Feels Like Home
How to Pitch a 360 Video to The New York Times
This iPhone VR Headset Wants to be Your HoloLens
Tour the White House with Obama in VR
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