The Divi Nation Podcast, Episode 3 – Storytelling Design featuring Melissa Love

Posted on September 9, 2015 by in Community | 15 comments

The Divi Nation Podcast, Episode 3 – Storytelling Design featuring Melissa Love

How, exactly, does one tell a story with their web design? And how can that possibly have anything to do with a website’s success? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this edition of Divi Nation as guest host Melissa Love and our host Nathan B. Weller explore the topic of Storytelling Design.

Divi Nation Episode 03: Storytelling Design featuring Melissa Love


In this episode of Divi Nation we hear the story of Melissa Love of TheDesignSpace.Co, a web designer and photographer out of the UK who uses Divi to create beautiful, high profile websites for photographers. We also talk about something called Storytelling Design and how its principles can guide you in crafting memorable web experiences from client sites to custom long-form content.

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This Week in WordPress 02

This week in WordPress Melissa and I talk about three really interesting articles that delve into neuroscience, content experiences, and whether or not we’ll all be blogging on Facebook in the near future.

Articles We Discussed:

Melissa Love on Storytelling Design

In this video Melissa shares her design background and gets extremely practical about how she uses Storytelling Design in all of her web design projects. She even helps to illustrate her ideas by walking me through a brand new website she’s built with Divi 2.4+.

How to Plan & Execute Long-Form Content for Building with WordPress and Divi

We’ve been talking a lot lately about what is now possible with Divi in terms of custom long-form content–and the potential is huge. However, what we haven’t talked about–until now–is everything you need to do before building your story in Divi in order for it to be a success. So if you’re interested in creating the next jaw dropping interactive web story, this is the video for you.

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Divi Site Makeover 01 (Call for Submissions)

With the launch of Divi 2.5 there is very little the average WordPress user can’t do. So I thought it might be the perfect time to make a call for our first ever Divi Site Makeover.

The concept is very simple. Take a before screenshot of your website or a client website running a different theme. Re-design with Divi, take another screenshot, and submit both images (plus a link) for review.

In a month’s time we’ll show off our favorites on the podcast and here at the blog.

Submission Details:

Submit your Divi Site Makeover to podcast[at] with the subject line DIVI SITE MAKEOVER SUBMISSION.

Reminder: Last Chance to Enter the Divi Footer Design Challenge

Thursday of this week is the absolute latest we are accepting submissions for the Divi Footer Design Challenge. So if you’d like a website you’re working on to be featured in both the Divi Nation Podcast and on the Elegant Themes blog, now is the time to send in that submission.

Submit your Divi Footer Design to podcast[at] with the subject line DIVI FOOTER DESIGN CHALLENGE.

Production Notes

Not a lot to report this week. The production process and tools used were all the same as in the previous two episodes. However, if you have any production questions please feel free to ask them in the comments section.

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  1. Nathan, no need to post this. Was thinking you could show your guests how to position the camera or laptop camera above their eyeline. This helps open eyes and – with those of us concerned about our facial features, smooths the face because they’ll be looking up a bit. And the lighting will be reflecting better on their faces as well. Enjoy your pods!


  2. Forgive me if this has been addressed, but are there any plans to add DiviNation to the iOS podcast app?

    • Hey Dave, it’s actually already available in iTunes so if you search for it in the podcasts app you’ll find it.

      • Beautiful! I was using one word instead of two. Now I have it, thanks! GREAT podcast!

  3. Wonderful podcast, Nathan… getting right to the subject matter with strategic, wonderful interplay. Adding more graphic examples through-out would also be further helpful and engaging.
    Great insightful tips… Keep on Rockin’

    • Thanks Michael, I’m working on providing more practical tips/info while still making things personal and fun 🙂

  4. Another great episode!!!!

  5. Nathan, really well done! Love it. The fade in music and then fade out… and then the conversation.

    I look forward to the Divi Nation Podcasts!

    You’ve really got something good going here. I learn every time I listen.

    Thank You.

  6. Thanks Nathan and Melissa! Got some good ideas from this podcast.

    @Nathan: Please do an interview with a designer who has successfully upgraded an exciting site to Divi.

    – There are many ways to do it, but what’s the best?
    – And least time consuming?
    – How to solve the problem that Markdown is not (yet?) supported?

    I think many would like to hear answers to questions like that.

  7. Nathan,
    I am becoming addicted to your podcats. 🙂
    Perhaps only one idea to improve the show:
    Do not forget all the people who are not english speaking natives.
    For instance, Melissa is very interesting to listen to but she is from UK (nothing against it, except perhaps Trafalger and Waterloo 😉 ) so she speaks a bit differently than the american citizens we are perhaps more used to listen to on the Internet and she speaks very, very fast (no hard feeling here, thanks a lot to her for all the smart ideas she shared with us).
    Nathan, most of the time, you are very easy to understand, but you spoke also very fast in the last quarter of the podcast, about the story telling best practices (so many things to say in a time so short).
    Could you be kind enough to ask your guests not to speak too fast?

  8. Awesome! I’m just getting caught up on the podcasts, I watched all 3 of them in one night. I’m totally inspired by the stories and learned great things from the folks you interviewed, thank you so much!

  9. I’m interested in the long form storytelling with all the graphics and such. Is there anywhere anyone can point the noobs to begin this epic adventure? More specifically, the techy stuff in as laymen terms as possible =P thank you all!!

    • At the moment I think the resources I shared in the video are probably the best places to start. However, in the coming year I hope to publish some more lessons on long-form storytelling with Divi.

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