A Conversation with Reif Larsen

Posted by Gestalten—03/2012

Earlier this month, we invited Reif Larsen, author of the critically acclaimed novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet (Die Karte meiner Träume) to give a talk about his passion... the art of visual storytelling at Gestalten Space.

For those of you who didn't make it and for those who simply can't get enough, we've produced special audio interview!

Reif Larsen's debut novel, The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet, was a New York Times bestseller and is currently being adapted for the screen by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie). Larsen's essays and fiction have appeared in Tin House, one story, The Millions, and The Believer. He is currently the writer-in-residence at the Dutch Institute for Advanced Study and working on another novel about puppets and the uncertainty principle.

1-The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet and Non Linear Reading


2- Image: should I believe you?

Peter Ørntoft, Information Graphics in Context

3-Visuals & Journalism

The New York Times, 2008 USA Elections Visualization

4-The Dialects in Infographics and Visual Journalism

Antoine Corbineau, Melbourne (Detail)

Wataru Yoshida, Composition of Mammals

Peter Grundy, Britvic Process Diagram

5-One Good Example of an Infographic

Nicholas Felton, Feltron 2010 Annual Report (Detail)

6-Critical Thinking in the New Generation

Sarah Illenberger, Misunderstandings of Love

7-Spivet Adapted for the Big Screen!

Frame from the movie "Delicatessen" by Jean-Pierre Jeunet und Marc Caro (1991)

8-What's Next?

All images taken from Gestalten's Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language.

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