Beautiful interactives can be built even when you don't have a whole army of developers, designers and animators behind you, by using readily available platform such as Adobe Slate that do all the work for you as long as you have a strong story to illustrate.
But if you do happen to work alongside one or two other members to execute your project, check out this advice from Al Jazeera's Konstatinos Antonopolous, senior interactive designer, and Mohammed Haddad, data journalist, on Storybench.
Antonopolous and Haddad's tips include remembering that flexibility with the format "lies in the narrative" of the story, and they also provide a handy outline for storyboarding your interactive before you start working on the product.
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