There’s an archive of George Orwell’s essays in English and Russian language at http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays. I found the archive last week when searching for a full-text version of Politics and the English Language (1946) to re-read, which contains Orwell’s famous six rules for clear writing. These rules are touchstones for writers or editors and feature in the introduction to The Economist’s style guide.
Contrast Rebellion – a well-crafted lesson in ensuring type on the web is readable using high contrast. Has some good examples of how designers can let their aesthetic preferences trump readability. This article reminded me I need to tweak the contrast in the new theme I’m using on this site. I’m guilty of having some grey type on creamy background colours and the links in the right-hand sidebar are too lightweight.
9 February 2013: The instructions in this post to implement the blockquote markup using the Post Snippets plugin for Wordpress are accurate. However, the markup itself has been updated. See the updated blockquote post snippet for the improved markup.