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A Refreshing Autumn Breeze, or Who Left This Window Open!?

One night in August, with the four of us lounging in our sitting room and sharing a fresh pot of tea (difficult to do over Skype, but we make do), we got to talking about all things sharply dressed. With Annie, Ceris, and Eleanor fresh from editing the lovely Sartorial it was obvious that our own appearance was in need of some sprucing up. We’d spent months arguing about the necessity of cufflinks (essential) and which shade of purple was most pleasing to the eye (Old Mauve) only to look down and discover that Far Off Places was still wearing the drab browns and creams that were all the rage in 2012.

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Far Off Places, from 2012-circa-1863.

Abashed, Beth and I politely excused ourselves from the evening’s conversation (erudite), drained our respective teas (Earl & Lady Grey), and retired to the internet to re-design everything visual about both the magazine and the website. We started by looking at the publications that inspire us, from other literary journals like McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern to traditional journalism and publishing like The New Yorker and Schott’s Original Miscellany to modern digital publications like The Magazine. Many distracted hours later, we realised what we shared with our role models: a deep, un-abiding love of text.

With that realisation in hand we sat down and re-designed faroffplaces.org to bring the text to the fore. We dropped our old, vaguely steampunk browns; Beth re-drew the balloon in a more modern, elegant style. We argued about serifs & small capitals, and bid a tearful farewell to one of our oldest friends. Remembering conversations past, we re-painted the footer in the most beautiful shade of purple we could find.

More changes are still to come, including a matching re-design of the magazine and the iOS app. We’re feeling rather pleased with ourselves (look at it! Isn’t it pretty?) and don’t see any reason to stop. Besides, that text just looks so nice now.

Happy reading!

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