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Chapter 9. Equivalent Alternatives > Text Description as a Design Element

Text Description as a Design Element

Despite the problems we encountered while visiting the Metropolitan Museum site, the use of text as an important element in the site’s visual and conceptual design is worth considering here. The Metropolitan Museum used informative text very effectively as a design element, rather than hiding it or throwing it away. Let’s revisit these pages with that in mind.

A page we discussed at length in Chapter 7 presents a highlight of the Metropolitan Museum’s vast collection of illuminated manuscripts. On this page, an onscreen caption provides useful information about the manuscript and its creator; this is presumably catalog copy. But there’s more. An extended description is available on the same page, providing a vivid, detailed account of the image and its context. Here’s a sample:


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