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I’m Justin McDowell and I specialize in design & revolt.

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Bauhaus and The Evergreen State College

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The Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin, Germany.

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I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading about Bauhaus, the influential early twentieth century school of art. I’m learning so much about the school that I never knew before. Given my recent experience of working at The Evergreen State College, I’ve found the similarities between my current workplace and Bauhaus rather striking.

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Picky Style: Vertical Cadence & Line-height

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I want to talk about the other vertical text measure, line-height. On Evergreen’s website, I chose a vertical cadence of 15px. That means, in an ideal world, all elements would align at increments of fifteen pixels down the page. Why fifteen? It’s a fairly arbitrary value. It seemed big enough to be significant, but small enough to be flexible. But that’s only the beginning.

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Picky Style: Uneven Paragraph Margins

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An illustration of uneven paragraph margins.

One of the things that I really like to do now is uneven paragraph margins. They maintain the association between headings and content, while still providing plenty of white space for the eye to find rest. It’s a fairly uncommon concept, but it works really well for me.

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