The Necklace is an interactive graphic book that puts a new twist on Guy de Maupassant’s famous 1884 short story. It features 32 interactive illustrated story scenes which allows the reader to work in partnership with the artwork and the interactions to create their own reading experience.
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The app was created by two Irish designers, Laura Geraghty and Luke Ó Cathasaigh, while studying for their masters in Creative Digital Media from Dublin Institute of Technology. Laura is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) where she studied Visual Communications (2008). Luke graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 2011.
Laura focused on the visual side of the application, including all the illustrations, while Luke worked on the code. The story tells of Mathilde Loisel, a pretty and charming girl who feels that she has been born into a family of unfavourable iconic status. She feels the burden of her poverty intensely. She regrets her lot in life and spends endless hours imagining a more extravagant existence. One night, her husband returns home proudly bearing an invitation to a formal ball hosted by the Ministry of Education. He hopes that Mathilde will be thrilled with the chance to attend an event of this sort. She borrows a diamond necklace from a rich friend to wear to the ball. When she loses the precious necklace, her life changes entirely – but there is a final, sharp twist to the tale!