Sam Oakley creates digital books website

The Literary Platform, a website about the adaptation of books for digital media, launches today with design by Sam Oakley.

The website’s founder and editor, Sophie Rochester, appointed graphic designer and typographer Oakley three months ago on the recommendation of a mutual friend. She and Oakley never met, or even spoke on the phone – a situation she terms ‘a sign of the digital times’.

Rochester says, ‘For economic reasons we decided to power the website with WordPress, which is a very cheap content-management system, but if you code it really carefully you can adapt it to make the website look good, which a few designers are able to do now.’

Oakley used a 16-column grid structure in an attempt to give the site the look and feel of a printed journal.

The Literary Platform launches at with a showcase project on the creation of an iPad app for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and comment pieces from author Kate Pullinger and The Friday Project’s Robin Harvie.

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