This article from The Verge features two examples of visual storytelling: illustration and video. The topic is highly sensitive and personal, and would not nearly be as impactful if it just relied on text to tell the story. It is a feature about a women who received a face transplant; a highly dangerous and invasive procedure.
The video is an interview with the woman telling her story in her own words. It is successful technically because it is well shot, her face fills the frame, but is not completely centered. It is important in these types of videos to change the shots so the viewers attention is sustained. The use if “b role”(extra footage shot with audio from the interview playing over it) is done well to show some context of her life, and photo montage of her before the event is used as well. It also has a poignant and hopeful ending with her explaining how she wants to use her experience “to pay forward.”
Besides telling her personal story the article also aims to highlight the science behind the face surgery procedure. The artist is one of my favorite illustrators: Katie Scott. Her straight forward and attractive illustrations are used instead of gory photographs and technical science diagrams. The information is much easier to digest than if it was written. From a visual perspective, the illustrations employ good use to line weight and value. They use pen and ink technique that pays homage to historical medical illustration. The color scheme is somewhat muted and plays on contrasting colors to draw the eye to certain parts of the drawings. All the compositions are well balanced and most employ even symmetry.
Both of these separate examples of visual story telling result in a well rounded story that contains both human elements and scientific explanatory visuals.
As a post script, here is an interesting second article I found about the use of color in infographics.