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Storyboarding template

An exercise using visuals to outline the steps of a process

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Use this framework to show what a concept looks like in action with visual storytelling. Storyboards build a shared understanding by telling a visual story about how people in the future might experience your idea. They can also help you gain support from decision-makers and rally a team to bring the concept to life.

The storyboarding template helps you:

  • Clearly communicate your idea visually
  • Establish all the steps involved in building your idea
  • Identify key points in development or narrative
  • Get buy-in and build understanding & alignment

How to use the storyboarding template

To get started using the Mural storyboarding template, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Add sticky notes with main ideas

Before you start building out illustrations, it’s important to get aligned on the main ideas. Use sticky notes to brainstorm and add suggestions as a first step, adding notes to the appropriate frames in a sequence of events.

Step 2: Add captions to each frame

Once you’ve brainstormed and captured all the ideas you want to fill out each frame of the storyboard, it’s time to crystallize those ideas into concise captions, giving you a cohesive narrative to illustrate.

Step 3: Add visuals

Now that you have your ideas mapped out and an overarching narrative in your captions, add visuals to your storyboard. These can take the form of photos, icons, or drawings using Mural’s suite of tools — however you see fit to capture each moment in the storyboard.

Tips for running a storyboarding template workshop

Whether working collaboratively, use these tips to get the most out of the storyboarding template and approach.

  • Make sure you give the needed context for the scenario you’re looking to visualize with our storyboard — the better informed your participants are, the more accurately your storyboard will illustrate your idea
  • Features like private mode and timer help ensure that you avoid groupthink during real-time brainstorming sessions, while also staying on schedule
  • Use anonymous voting to help determine the best summaries, captions, and illustrations to broaden engagement and alignment

How to create a Storyboarding template

Mural makes visual collaboration and communication easy

With Mural’s suite of features and tools, your whole team can get engaged and aligned from ideation to illustration as you build and customize your concept storyboard.


Visualize ideas, prototype, and quickly annotate for a better-than-a-whiteboard experience.

Sticky notes & text

Sticky notes & text

Add ideas, action items, and more as a sticky note or text box — then change the colors and cluster to identify patterns and new solutions.

Icons, GIFs, & images

Icons, GIFs, & images

Express complex ideas visually or lead an engaging team-building activity with Noun Project, GIPHY, and Unsplash integrations.

Private mode

Private mode

Avoid groupthink and get authentic feedback by allowing collaborators to add content privately.



Keep collaboration moving forward with a timer to structure and time-box activities.

Real-time collaboration

Real-time collaboration

Add more productivity and engagement to meetings and calls with features to guide collaboration.

Storyboarding template frequently asked questions

What is a storyboard?

Do I need any artistic skills to build out my storyboard?

Can more than one person make a storyboard on a project?

LUMA Institute

Template by LUMA Institute


LUMA offers acclaimed in-person training, custom innovation programs, and a unique digital platform (LUMA Workplace), used by innovators in over 70 countries. Leading organizations around the globe rely on the LUMA System of Innovation — a practical, flexible, and scalable approach to Human-Centered Design.