Poetic Computation: Reader by Taeyoon Choi
2 Comments on “Poetic Computation: Reader by Taeyoon Choi”
The typography seems unpolished often and mediocre at best, although the consideration for fully-customizable leading / type sizes would potentially have hindered attempts of finessing. The side note is so small as to lead one to believe it was a simple oversight in CSS instead of an intentional decision. There is also a serious usability issue: upon clicking and expanding the side note, there is also no immediate indication of how to go back to the main reader.
MT Baskerville, which is loaded as external web font, is too feeble and spaced too loose for comfortable reading even on a Retina iMac. The decision to offer Gill Sans for running text is from the start a less-prudent decision, let alone to use only the medium weight. Switching to Cutive Mono leads to disastrous results, as the letterspacing is so wide and leading so tight, the entire web book dissolves into an all-too-uniform gray. All in all, this entry demonstrates that intentionally provocative “crude type” goes against the needs of reading comfort and basic legibility in a longform context.
The decision to put those tiny references in Baskerville in particular made my brain hurt. Were you even intended to be able to read them?
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