Storybook Research – Linda Toigo’s interactive version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I saw this version of the classic by Robert Louis Stevenson and thought it an intelligent and modern re-imagining of formatting such a classic book.  So much of this book is rooted in medicine and anatomy so the anatomical drawings accompanying the text works tremendously well. The old photographs are also a nice reminder of the time it’s set, despite the modern format.

I love the mix of page sizes and papers with things that fold out and envelopes with letters in them on certain pages. it makes for exciting reading because as well as such a classic piece of literature, you have beautiful visuals and a format that’s as ever-changing as the protagonists themselves.

I feel like if more books for adults were interactive, it would make for much more interesting reading and could breathe new life into classics that many people disregard because they’re old.

If I had more time, I would have loved to explore creative binding and format for this project because I think it makes the books so beautiful and could inspire more people to read books that have been forgotten.

 

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