Visualizing Stephen Fry’s Autobiography

The recently published autobiography by Stephen Fry titled The Fry Chronicles is also available as the iPhone app myFry. The app functions as a visual index of key theme tags within the book, all of which have been divided into 4 major groups: People, Subjects, Emotions, and Fryisms.

The entirety of the book is represented by a circular wheel of spines, each of which represents a section of text. The arcs around the outside of the wheel connect sections that are tagged with the same theme. Through interacting with the scroll wheel, the user can explore the text and read sections in chronological order, by theme, or in any order he or she chooses. As Stephen Frys autobiography was written in a style that was suited to splitting the text into separate moments in Frys life, the visual index offers the reader a different way of engaging with this book.

The application is the result of a collaboration between the book’s publisher Penguin, Dare Digital and Stefanie Posavec. Here’s a brief introduction from Stephen himself explaining the application:

Visualizing Stephen Fry’s Autobiography Stephanie Posavec designed the visual index for this application. You can find more of her excellent work on her blog itsbeenreal.co.uk.

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