We tell stories

I just realized that this post didn’t publish when I told it to yesterday. So the whole “Speaking of Penguin” follow-up didn’t make much sense. Ah well, such is life. Here’s the original post…

This website is amazing. I heard about it awhile ago, but never got a chance to spend much time exploring the content. Published by Penguin Books, We Tell Stories is six stories of digital fiction told by six authors over six weeks. As a designer heavily focused on print, anything this interactive fascinates me. Not enough to learn how to do it myself, of course. But still, there’s some pretty cool stuff there.

I was originally drawn to the site because of the design work of Nicholas Felton on the story, Hard Times by Matt Mason (shown below—click the images for a larger picture). I own both of his annual reports and I really love his style. This interactive piece is just another excellent example of his work.

Hard Times 1

Hard Times 2

I also enjoy The 21 Steps, by Charles Cumming.

I don’t know if this is the future of books—I’m still very much attached to holding something solid in my hands—but it sure is pretty cool to play with.


Courtney is the founder of Design Work Life and Seamless Creative, a small design studio she runs with her husband Brian. She now splits her time between developing brand identities for small businesses and soaking up (and passing along) as much inspiration as she possibly can.

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