Go Dickens Go! I love that Oliver — it sounds marvelous!
I agree Medium has a good appearance, and is very readable on all devices.
Your comments re: design make me laugh. I showed our first ultra-enhanced ebook (playable only on Apple devices) to a friend who roomed with me at a recent event. She immediately exclaimed (I do mean “immediately”) — Oh! It looks just like the stuff my junior high students used to do!
OK, this guy designed the book.
I think what I’m trying to say is that a lot of Medium readers are like her, as far as this book goes. Rian is one of the world’s best book designers and top UK designer. The artwork is from 30 of the world’s top graphic and fine artists. I know for a fact, the book would have sucked, until Rian got hold of it. He MADE the book.
My friend is one of those who “doesn’t know what she doesn’t know.” To parse it out, only a total douchebag would make such a comment right off the bat to someone showing them a book they had spent countless hours working on (the music is by BBC Jazz artist of the year, also) that represented the work of dozens of talented people. Later on she iced the cake by commenting how gray my hair was now. Gee thanks!
I have the same opinion of the people who think Wil Wheaton has shit to say to anybody that the average NHL or NFL player or Chipotle employee could not say 50 times better.
I’m saying something a little more subtle than “You can’t please all of the people all of the time.” I’m saying that Medium really does seem to be more about looks and design. And apparently its users do like to read and are very thoughtful in some areas (my friend is a film expert — but not very good teacher, conversationalist or expert in book design).