The Little Prince
The brief called for an interactive interpretation of a book which was once banned. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was originally banned in the authors homeland of France due to his political views against the Vichy regime of WW2. The red and blue colour scheme of this interactive interpretation reflects the two oppposing forces of Saint-Exupérys homeland during the time of the books publication. The red reflects the Vichy regime or Nazi control of France after their defeat in WW2. The blue reflects the French resistance to this new control. The double page spread is used as part of the narrative, with the text on the right page more red and controlling and more liberal on the left. This allegory of war is reflected through the interaction of the red and blue shapes and strokes, inspired by constructivism, a vehicle once used for
governmental revolutions which created works that would make the viewer an active viewer of the artwork. Red works to restrict the reader from reading the text, censoring the amount of information visible and fragmenting paragraphs. Blue seeks to reveal and liberate what the red has tried to take away. This idea of revealing the truth is inspired by the boa contrictor illustration which the adults could not see past when presented by the author, only seeing a hat. These shapes constrast the innocent nature of the type. Throughtout the chapter the presence of the blue becomes more apparent as it overthrows the red. The user becomes central to the narrative, tearing down and making a positive stand against the red. The original illustrations were imperitive to the storytelling of the book, and so they remain.