JeremyGilbert March 16, 2009 Our First Loves: True Multimedia Confessions Twelve Medill undergraduates learning about interactive design were challenged to make a multimedia storytelling Website about something they felt passionately about. To my surprise and that of my co-instructor, Susan Mango Curtis, the subject they felt passionately about was… love. The students used audio, video, photography and animation to tell stories of peoples’ first loves. Our First Loves is filled with stories like someone’s love of John Travolta, Spaghetti or ‘the boy next door.’ Users of the site are encouraged to rate each story (‘crinkle my nose,’ ‘want to cry’ or ‘want to create an e-dating profile’) and to tell their own stories. About JeremyGilbert As Deputy Editor, Digital for the National Geographic Society, Jeremy oversees editorial, missions-based and advertising storytelling on National Geographic's digital platforms. Before coming to the Society he was an associate professor teaching media product design, interactive storytelling, web and print design tools and techniques for Medill and the Segal Institute of Design at Northwestern University. He also served in the Medill administration as the Director of Technology and Space Design. Previously Jeremy led The Poynter Institute in rethinking and redesigning its industry leading website and served as an art director at a couple of newspapers.