I decided to continue with my evolutionary tree idea from earlier in the semester. The concept is that the reader starts as one sea creature, and becomes others by traveling the evolutionary tree’s branches.
I enjoyed getting to spend more time learning about interesting animals, and reminding myself of the major branches of evolution.
You can see my prototype here. This time I was able to add a sense of discourse, or genre, to hold the piece together. For this iteration, I employed the concept of a journal. The narrator is writing entries in their journal as they time travel.
(I don’t like how this looks, but it gets the point across.)
I was also able to flesh out the branching steps more completely. In talking with Allison, my first draft seemed limited by only allowing the reader to go backwards in the evolutionary tree. I decided to let the reader go backwards and forwards.
All in all though, I think the Twine format affords an interaction that matches the form of an evolutionary tree. I think with enough styling and design, a piece like this might be able to stand on its own. There’s an educational component that could be very strong in a museum. Or there could be a more philosophical approach to existence. Either could be accomplished with different tones, design systems, and imagery.