Twin Cities METRO: Choose Your Own Adventure This Summer

Twin Cities METRO: Choose Your Own Adventure This Summer Twin Cities METRO CD Bryan Nanista sends us their take on the traditional "summer guide" package, done for 2010 in the form of our favorite major life decision-making tool, the Choose Your Own Adventure model. 

METRO magazine took the normal summer guide issue and created a "choose your own adventure" story book out of it. It is mainly a feature story that allows the reader to choose what they want to do, jumping all over the place, offering the service pieces as they go. The feature story also jumps outside of the feature well into the normal parts of the magazine. I think there are 24 some different endings and story lines.
Above, the feature opener; below are more spreads from the story:
So it may not be the greatest designed piece, but an organizational monster it is. I included a photo of the "story board," if you can call it that, that the edit team came up with and handed over to me to try and keep track of all the story lines:

The METRO creative team includes:
Edit: Chuck Terhark, Chris Clayton
Art direction: Bryan Nanista
Illustrations: Jacob Thomas

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  • Neil Jamieson

    This is great! LOVE seeing the sketch of how this idea was conceptualized. Such a great example of edit and art working (and most importantly communicating) together to come up with an original solution to a tricky problem: How to repackage an annual franchise. Ambitious and smart, way to go Bryan and his team!!

  • Kory Kennedy

    This is a lot of fun and a nice way to handle the annual Summer guide. But then, I'm a sucker for Choose Your Own Adventure anything and still have my collection of books from the '80s, neatly displayed on a bookshelf in chronological order...

  • Christian Jensen

    This was a difficult task for sure! Great job keeping the flow and organization. Its nice to to break the usual mold and add something a little different to the magazine experience. Keep up the good work

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