PassageMaker.com Jonathan Cooper
We invite you to explore the new and vastly improved PassageMaker website. Our team has taken to heart many of the kind yet constructive criticism we’ve collected from readers over the years—including a fair bit of our own—and assembled a website that addresses those concerns and more. “Your type is too small!” “I shouldn’t have to scroll a quarter-mile to view ten images in a photo gallery!” “Your site is frustrating on phones and tablets!” These are but a few of the issues we have addressed in order to provide an improved and outstanding passagemaker.com experience for our loyal readers. For those of you that happen upon us for the first time via internet searches or from friends who share links to our stories and videos, you’ll never know the pain of the trailblazers before you.
From the magazine’s upstart beginnings, PassageMaker has been a rare breed, never shying away from printing longform stories (Parlatore’s epic 10-pager on coffee, anyone?), from technical know-how to taking on the high seas. After all, who else would print an 8,000-word essay from Nigel Calder on the difficulties of modern-day charting? Or, a 12,000-word, three-part journey around the world, with a photo drop illuminating every nook and cranny from New Zealand to Maine, plus a sidebar on international feline travel?
But in order to make reading these stories enjoyable—and not corneal masochism—big changes were required. The primary one? Larger type. Much larger type.
Every story features a unique layout and type that is legible, so much so that you might be able to leave your Rite-Aid cheaters on the night stand. For the tablet maniacs among you, or for those who are crazy enough to read longform on your cell phone, the site is now mobile-friendly. I should qualify that—it is friendly to mobile devices, but you take on Mount Calder on a 3.5-inch screen at your own risk.
The site performance is also faster, the layout is less cluttered, and the words are bigger. Did I mention that the type is bigger? Our photo galleries, which once threatened to make mouse-scrolling an Olympic event, are cleaner, bigger, faster-loading, and self-contained. Just click on a bonus gallery embedded in the story—usually the photographs we couldn’t fit within the confines of print—and click through the photos.
All these changes without a downside, you ask? Full disclosure: our team is working feverishly to restore many of the old articles to the site, but we are making progress and content is already not lacking.
One bit of cooperation we will need from you, though, is something that we’ve always needed from you for everything we do: Feedback. Starting today, we’ll begin collecting a new list of grievances. Hopefully, this one won’t be as long.
n Fair winds and good surfing,
Above: Screen shot of the new site. Inset: Image gallery player.