Links

  • The Met Museum in NYC has redesigned their map to be “digital-first.” Their post about the launch outlines some of the unique challenges in designing for interactions that happen in a real space but still need to be understood internationally.
  • Harry Bertoia made sculptures that are instruments, or perhaps instruments that are sculptures. I like how many look like cattails.

A better underline

I noticed the New Yorker changed the way that they do underlined text links. Now, glyph descenders break the underline in a way that reflects the New Yorker’s refined typographic style.

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How does this work? The best explanation may come from Medium, where Marcin Wichary worked it out for their own text-heavy site.

Essentially the descenders are cleared by putting a small, white (or whatever background color) shadow on either side of the glyphs. Here is a stand-alone version of the CSS in Codepen.

If there is any issue with this, it’s that in Firefox when the text is highlighted the multiple shadows do get picked-up.

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That minor glitch aside, the overall results do look good. It’s an almost imperceptible way for sites with a focus on content to differentiate their reading experience, and I’m glad to see web typography pushed forward.

Evolving ASL

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“As language evolves, the powers that regulate language tend to shift. Just look at the Oxford English Dictionary, who added terms like “duck face,” “lolcat,” and “hawt” to their prestigious lexicon this past December. For the English-speaking world, these additions are anywhere from ridiculous to annoying but at the end of the day, the terms are accepted and agreed upon.

But how do these new, internet-laden turns of phrase enter the sign language community? Was there a way of expressing “selfie” in ASL, was there a sign for “photobomb?” Our simplistic question turned into a larger conversation about the nature of communication.”

See the competing signs at Hopes & Fears.