Wikipedia Revamp Pays Homage To The Leather-Bound Encyclopedia
The Das Referenz iPad app tries to bring heritage and style back to Wikipedia.
The designers of Wikipedia have reportedly been working hard to bring the site up to date in terms of its design and format. While they are working to give the site a modern makeover, design consultancy Raureif has created an app that transforms Wikipedia into a digital version of a classic leather-bound encyclopedia.
The design of iPad app Das Referenz was inspired by an 1895 Meyer’s encyclopedia. According to the project description, encyclopedias have always stood for culture and style, and in a way the redesign of Wikipedia brings heritage and style back and emphasizes that knowledge should be treated with respect. The creators compare it to an heirloom that’s been in the family for years.