The Museum of London has worked with agency Brothers and Sisters and illustrator David Foldvari to create Dickens’ Dark London, an iPhone and iPad app that takes the user on an illustrated journey into deepest darkest Dickensian London…
The app, commissioned as part of the Museum of London’s Dickens and London exhibition which commemorate’s the author Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, functions like an interactive graphic novel, the text of which is based on Dickens’ Sketches by “Boz” a collection of short pieces published in 1836. Now the text has been reimagined by Foldvari who, working in black and white, has drawn on Dickens unblinking description of a dark and foggy Victorian London.
While Foldvari was commissioned to create illustrations for five different descriptive journeys through London, each episode or chapter is being rolled out one by one with some available for instant download, while others can only be downloaded either when on location at one of the Museum of London’s sites or in the locations which the chapters actually refer to. The app functions as a book so the reader swipes his or her way through the story with an option to hear the text narrated by actor Mark Strong.
Here are some screen grabs from the Seven Dials chapter…
The app contains a rather nice map with a sliding scale at the bottom – you can choose a suitably Dickensian 1862 London map by sliding the scale to the left. Or you can merge it with a modern streetmap by sliding to the right… You can use the map to explore the very streets that Dickens wrote about. They’re rather different these days.
Here’s a slightly closer look at some of Foldvari’s images inspired by Dickens’ text
Dickens’ Dark London is available for free via the AppStore. More info at itunes.apple.com
See more of Foldvari’s work at bigactive.com/illustration/david-foldvari
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