Linked: A web designed for reading

Mandy Brown on web reading:

Likewise the design of these pages has come to serve the needs of the advertisers instead of the readers. The basic principles of good reading design—whitespace, an appropriate measure, considered typography—are not only absent, they are actively violated. We design pages for clicks—for movement from place to place—neglecting the fact that reading is an act of stillness. We intentionally distract, polluting the visual space until it resembles less a library than Times Square. And to add insult to injury, we cover up these ills by saying people don’t read online—as if the design of a space played no part in determining its use.

One of the early design decisions we made at Pandamian was to prevent writers from adding ads to the sidebar. This can – and will! – change, when we implement theming, but there’s something to be said about standing up for the reader.

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Category: Linked List

  • Alex Hollins

    Do you think an addless subscription model, similar to what a lot of webcomics have done, would work on the fiction market?

  • Eli James

    I’m not sure. Maybe, maybe not (though there have been successful subscription-based experiments). The best way to find out would be to try.

  • zoetewey

    Personally, I don’t think that’s even been successful for webcomics.

    If you want, take a look at the text here. Basically, the creator of the comic writes that while there was a certain amount of prestige to becoming part of a for pay subscription model at the time, the comic is still recovering from it.

    Essentially the problem is that the beginning of the story disappears from the web, making it harder to get into the story.

  • Dream Fantastic

    well, for example, has run a subscription since his inception, but then, besides no ads, you get other bennies. and, this is still Alex Hollins, no idea why it suddenly changed to using my Twitter to log in here instead of Facebook. weird.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm… well an ad free and perks subscription is different from a paywall that hides main content. It might work, I doubt it would be majorly harmful like paywalling can be.

  • Dary

    Why would people pay to remove ads when there are plenty of free ad-blocking options out there?