Haiku - tempslibres : Style of the website


The haiku is a small object, that tells about simple things, in a simple style and with simple words. The site had to be in a clear style, without flourish and technical effects. A presentation oriented on the content with the form that leaves them forgotten.

Technical constraints

Fast display, no heavy images, no complex gadgets slow to load.

To be usable with every browser.
An identical font (Arial ou Helvetica), found quite on every machine.
Universal colours available on every browser (RGB components multiples of 33)
The absence of style sheets because some browsers don't support it..
Javascript is not use because it could be deactivated by the reader.

Choice of the font

A simple font, without serif (foot of the letter) that could catch the attention of the reader, being as transparent as possible.

Choice of the colours

A small palette, sober : blues, greys and whites. For a restful reading.

A compromise was found between the reading at the screen and on the paper. On a blue background, the use of a grey font permits the printing on paper without modification of the parameters of the browser, not like with a white font.

This site is design to be view with its own colours and not with thoses of your browser (the first page is written in white on a blue background).

The visibility remains acceptable even if you use the standard colours of your browser and not thoses of the page.


Different backgrounds are used for different contexts. So it is easy to see where you are.

A uniform blue background : presentation pages
A blue backgroung with a grey side : structure pages, identical to "program menus", titles pages.
A white background with a grey side : practical advices pages, references, personal pages, personal haiku
A white background, a blue side and red title : Favourites, Publications

Choice of the layout

A typography without punctuation and uppercase, for my haiku. To create a vagueness and to permit multiple readings of the same haiku. (see the library for the note about typography).

The haiku are on page one by one, as traditionnally. Each haiku is inserted in a network; it is linked with four others. The horizontal link maintains the context, the vertical ones permits to change the context. Thematic index gather haiku together. From each haiku, you could go, however, strolling in the network. A structure like in idea associations in cognitive network...


After the first page in which you can choose the language, the site is designed around a central page. You can go back to it with a click on the image in the upper left corner (the little house).

The pages are organized so you can go back to the upper page (titles page) with the curved arrow (just under the little house).


I have used the library and reading corner metaphor to organize the site. Practical texts are separated from the teoretical ones. This metaphor is adapted to the goal of the site, to promote haiku through the publication of the contempory practices in the french spoken world.


Pen designs, wash drawings with black chinese ink. A very clear and light style inviting to the dreaming..