“Take Me to Your Leader: The Rot of the American Ruling Class” feature in Jacobin, Spring 2021 issue
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As a subscriber to Jacobin, I found this piece in particular to be extremely difficult to read. While using a display type cut specifically for digital use (small screens in particular) based on ’70s–’80s large advertising type—for long running text on newspaper might seem interesting or ‘opulent’ tying into the issue theme of “Ruling Class,” imo, it is not. The ink spreads into the narrow counters of what is otherwise a very thin face making a face already not meant to be read long-form in print nearly impossible to read. I had to stop and simply read it online.
Baselines appear poorly set, lazy, and unintentionally mismatched. Frankly, for a publication that has spent close to $10,000 to license use of A2’s Antwerp (an actual newspaper type—also very elegant) spending another $400 for Pangram Pangram’s Editorial New makes little sense. It’s as if very little thought went into the readers of the magazine nor the actual article itself.
I will say that the title page does look nice.