elizabeth tobey

Aesthetic changes to improve readability

and make Medium look more like a professional publication.


There’s no real section heading because H1 is also for the title and H2 is also for the subtitle/intro text. You should replace those (which people use in crazy ways throughout their stories) with the simpler and more standard Title, Subtitle and Section, where the Section font is black but smaller than the Title font, like this:

You could even offer different size/style choices for Section (like the <h1>, <h2>, <h3>, etc. HTML tags), and one could even be small caps, just so long as they’re all distinct from Title, Subtitle and the main text.

Pull Quotes

Q2 looks like it’s trying to be a pull quote feature, but it functions almost the same as Q1. There should be the option to have these quotes centered, left-aligned and right-aligned, with the text wrapping around them in the last two cases.

Also, the font you’re currently using looks terrible in my Firefox browser — all washed out and choppy (the image captions have the same problem).

Something like these examples would be nice:


Image Alignment

The editor doesn’t handle small square or vertical images very well. The text should wrap around them more tightly because the huge white space doesn’t look very good.

Also, there should be an option to align the image to the right as well.

Like these, for example:


Section Divider

The section divider is just three tiny generic dots that can hardly be seen. I’m sure you could come up with something a little more elegant (and visible). Maybe one or more of these series of Wingdings, in black or gray:

Don’t Fix What Ain’t Broke or Remove Good Features

Based on comments/complaints I’ve read here, I think a lot of people would agree with bringing back:

  • The original black ‘M’ logo, which was simple and sophisticated.
  • The original subdued green link color instead of the blindingly fluorescent one in use now.
  • The profile header image, which allowed a little personalization.
  • The ability to overlay the title and subtitle on top of a screen-width header image (if the Atlantic can still do it, then so can you).