Put together a quick theme idea tonight and pushed it live to this site. Possibly a few rough areas around the edges. Overall I’m pretty happy with it, though. Really sim­ple to put together; though I did miss my goal of keep­ing it under 1,000 lines of CSS. Will need to find a way to trim 50 lines. :)

Content as Medium:

The indus­try seemed to assume that it was the very phys­i­cal­ity of books, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines that we craved – or that we required in order to com­pre­hend the idea of a dig­i­tal equiv­a­lent. The indus­try was wrong.

Checkboxes that kill. Great post about the dan­gers in com­plex, cus­tomiz­able set­tings. Two key take­aways: reg­u­larly audit how peo­ple are using your prod­uct and con­sider whether more than 2% of your users will use a setting.

On Thingpunk. Interesting read via Matt Pearson about what the author dubs Thingpunk. Essentially:

Thingpunk is a deep bias in design think­ing that sees phys­i­cal prod­ucts and the built envi­ron­ment as the most impor­tant venues for design and inno­va­tion even as we enter a world that’s increas­ingly digital.

Not sure how to cap­ture it but it was an intrigu­ing read.

Learning to See is a fan­tas­tic post from iA. It’s tough to pick out any one high­light but I liked this statement:

Beauty in design is not found by adding pret­ti­ness to a bold, func­tional design, it’s adding detail to the essence, so the func­tional logic becomes more humane, refined, and clear.

The Archive is a Campsite:

Search is an inter­face for access­ing the archive, just as the front page is an inter­face for access­ing the news. The archivist’s task is to build an inter­face that offers a bet­ter expe­ri­ence than search.

Such a great arti­cle about archives and their poten­tial for high­light­ing the ongo­ing value of writ­ing. I appre­ci­ate the empha­sis it places on human touch. Someone once told me that, “Great con­tent doesn’t scale. You always need some­one to have their hands on it.”

Platforming Books:

I strongly believe dig­i­tal books ben­e­fit from pub­lic end­points. The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of read­ers (human, not elec­tronic) have formed expec­ta­tions about shar­ing text, and if you obstruct their abil­ity to share — to touch — dig­i­tal text, then your con­tent is as good as non-existent. Or, in the least, it’s less likely to be engaged.

Word. Art Space Tokyo is a gor­geous site and I bet will drive a lot of dig­i­tal sales, in addi­tion to readers.