Renan Porto designed and wrote The Wide World, an upcoming story for the digital age that still celebrates the tradition and beauty of a simple children’s story with its hand-drawn feel and old-world design. 

Readers can interact through sound, touch and animation - and also follow what Renan calls a ‘double narrative’. Holding the device in portrait tells the familiar story of a mother and son facing trouble, but tilting it sideways gives the narrative a twist, revealing the incredible, silent creatures living among them. 

Renan tells me the tale behind such a clever, simple idea and its equally elegant design – and how what started as a project for the Brazilian illustrator’s graphic design course evolved into a marketable app brimming with tantalisingly soft and colourful illustrations.

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