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ENOUGH TO MAKE YOUR EYES WATER

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WEBWATCH

Not all of Eric Morehouse's Eyecandy sites are of the first water - you could hardly expect otherwise. But he recently sent out two links to quite talented architectural practices whose websites are a great mystery.

One is the Swedish practice of Gert Wingårdh at http: //www. wingardhs.se/ and the other is that of the New York practice Desai/ Chia (Architecture), at www.desaichia. com. What the two have in common is unreadably tiny, pale grey text - so pale and so tiny that I couldn't work out whether the squiggle on top of the 'a' in Wingårdh was actually an å or an ä. Or something else.

Maybe it is to do with Scandinavian Calvinism, modesty, vanity, cold weather, whatever, but Wingårdh's home/opening page is almost blank: just the faint grey section headings in two-point sans serif down the bottom: news, projects, Wingårdh and search. Obviously, the practice is so famous it can thus actively discourage surfers. Vanity then.

At least the Desai/Chia (Architecture) opening page has the practice name.

Underneath are some small, very pale blue boxes. Slide the cursor across them and they change to black text - in eye-wateringly tiny type.

Vanity? Ignorance?

Maybe I need new specs.

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