Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Waste Land App


Touch Press and Faber and Faber have published a new iPad App, The Waste Land by T.S.Eliot, which has fast become App of the week in the US. The App is a 'contemporary re-presentation' of the poem and allows a modern audience to interpret, understand, and engage with the poem through various multimedia experiences such as video and annotated notes. There are even readings from Eliot himself.

Designer Hilary Kenna discusses on her design and collaboration here. She comments: 'For my part, I have tried to present the poem as a beautiful, readable, usable text within an interface that causes minimal interference with the reading experience. Effectively, I wanted the interface and typography to almost go unnoticed - not to compete with the readers' attention for an already demanding text.'

The App is cleverly constructed with various layers making a comprehensive application both easy to use and all-inclusive in terms of content. It's also just £7.99 from the iTunes App store.

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