The Metamorphosis for iPad is available now in the App Store: itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-metamorphosis-for-ipad/id579492455?mt=8
Illustrated and designed by creative director Joel Golombeck, this adaptation of The Metamorphosis into an app for the iPad moves beyond the limitations of paper, leveraging the unique properties of the touchscreen tablet to create an as yet undefined genre. Pages do not arbitrarily separate the story, rather words, sentences, and paragraphs are all carefully arranged in a multitude of sizes, directions and shapes - all embedded inside an illustrated environment to form scenes. Moving through these scenes is not achieved by turning pages, instead, a reader uses gesture (swiping to move in all directions, pinching fingers in/out to zoom, using two fingers to rotate the screen etc.) to navigate through Kafka’s complete text in an interactive way that adds a level of meaningful metaphor to the story’s content. These illustrations and designed gestures are far from a literalization of the text, rather they exist to provide an atmosphere, deliberately leaving the openness to interpretation that makes Kafka’s work so dynamic.
Using the tablet’s exploratory ability, The Metamorphosis for iPad is able to add metaphoric content only possible on a touch screen, and Rocket Chair Media’s unique artistic app leverages the properties of the iPad to truly innovate its storytelling capability. Its touch based options allow readers to travel through the picture and not just follow the order of the text, bringing this seminal story to life for a new generation in a manner all its own. Proper for the scholar and layman alike, whether reading for the first or tenth time, Rocket Chair Media’s adaptation of the Metamorphosis provides a visually stunning and compelling complement to the complete, actual text. The app allows the reader to not only read, but to take part in this story in a visceral manner unlike anything else.
The Metamorphosis for iPad is now available in the iTunes store for $9.99. You can visit RocketChairMedia.com for more information, announcements, and updates.
RocketChair Media are lovers, creators, writers, designers, illustrators, animators, directors, collaborators & publishers of stories - old and new - that used to only be read on paper. We are nostalgic about reading's past on paper, but even more excited about building its future.
Books are stories, not pages. And, by emphasizing great writing above all else, we're using artfully crafted interactive elements to shape the way we interface with books in our tactilely digital age - exploring beyond the page and reading art in digital story. The Metamorphosis was our first app.