The print issue in January uses a different design each year. The 2020 print issue was driven by inclusive design and low-vision principles. We aimed to produce an equitable and engaging experience with diverse sight abilities.
In 1840, William Moon developed an embossed reading system for the blind that was less complex than learning Braille. The Moon system was particularly useful for people who had lost their sight later in life because the Roman alphabet had already been deeply rooted in their cognitive recognition and recall and proved easier to learn than the abstract system of Braille. Moon’s system could be taught and learned in only a few days.
The first issue of Volume 8 used colors and geometric blocking similar to Byrne’s to help demarcate content and organize the reading experience. The design also used a matte finish and increased contrast for readers with varying contrast sensitivity.
In addition to the visual elements, the pages of the 2020 print issue of Tab Journal were not pages so much as a set of twelve rectangular cards on which some poems appear vertically and others appear horizontally. While the stack arrived with poems ordered alphabetically by last name of the poets, the contents were not paginated and can be shuffled and read in any order.
Further, the cards were notched on all sides, which allows the reader to hook them together in various physical forms. It’s relatively straightforward to build a structure that reorients the poems. As with previous print-issue designs, this year’s encourages readers to be aware of reading as an experience.
Online issues appear in March, May, July, September, and November. While the online issues pick up design elements of the print issue, they are designed not to replicate print nor to quietly frame content but, rather, to use the platform to create a distinct reading experience. Online issues are available via live link to the web-based PDF and as a downloadable PDF. In addition, each poet provides an audio version of a poem published in Tab Journal.
The content of our print issues is not available online in its entirety; this issue is still available and can be requested using the Contact form. If you see something you like, share it on Twitter & Facebook!
12 and 13
Maram Al-Masri, translated by Hélène Cardona
EASTER DIORAMA: TWO BILLION PEEPS A YEAR
WHAT SURVIVES, WHAT IS REPLACED
WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN AFTER A TRAGEDY
HACIENDA FIRE and CINDER
ST JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL X-RAY RESULTS
LIKE A STRANGER AT YOUR DOOR
BOOK REVIEW: The Carrying by Ada Limón
The content of our print issues is not available online in its entirety; this issue is still available and can be requested using the Contact form.