Library bookmark redesign

Here’s a little hobby project that I’ve been working on at the CERN Central Library. Instead of the familiar blue bookmark with only a title, the idea is to add anything that can be useful to library guests (and even strangers) that will fit inside the space of the bookmark. Hopefully it can give more people an idea of what we can do for them, what they can do on their own, how to find us and provide a simple way to send feedback.


Work overview (italicized items are unfinished or undecided):

  • Title
    • Replace “CERN” with the official logo? Doesn’t look very good, and we wouldn’t be respecting the 25% margin rule.
  • Logos:
    • CERN
    • Library?
  • Due date, style:
    • Date stamp
      • Pros: Very fast to mark, usually good readability
      • Cons: Need to get one :)
    • Circle month + date
      • Pros: Fast to mark, medium readability
      • Cons: Computer science-y?
    • Text boxes
      • Pros: Easy to distinguish month from day
      • Cons: Legibility depends on the writer, slow, visual noise
    • Open space
      • Pros: Clean design with open space
      • Cons: Legibility depends on the writer, slow, could be too close to other text
  • Location code 52 1-052
  • Main web page
  • Email address
    • Desk
    • ILL?
  • Phone
  • Fax
  • Opening hours
  • Staffed hours
  • Other links:
  • CERN map:
    • Buildings
    • Main roads
    • Landmarks
      • Logos where possible, text elsewhere
      • Library
      • Restaurants
      • Reception
      • Entrances
      • P1
      • ATLAS
      • Globe
      • Hostels
    • Walking directions inside buildings
    • North arrow
  • Library map:
    • Both floors
    • Desk
    • Shop
    • Computers
      • Mark OS with logos
    • News shelf
    • Number ranges for shelves
    • Outdoor area
    • A/V equipment
    • Theses drawers
    • Reference section
    • Paper cutter
    • Printers
    • Copy machines
    • Return / delivery box
  • Feedback form
  • CC-BY license bloat

If you’re a user, I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed the slow page loads compared to … Well, just about any other site out there. I’ve sent some feedback (below), and I’m hoping you’ll help out as well by suggesting general and specific improvements.


While your web site is some of the best content collections I’ve ever come across, the style sheets / scripts are so huge as to require the full attention of a Pentium IV 3 GHz CPU for several seconds for every page displayed. 122 KB of CSS and 259 KB of JavaScript is massive, even today.

As a first fix, I’d suggest to use some of the online tools to compress CSS and JavaScript. Also, with 8 years of web development behind me (3 professionally), I’m confident that you can reduce the amount an order of magnitude without losing the overall look and feel of the site.

Thank you for your time and magnificent content!

PS: I’ve asked for feedback, and I’ll post it here if I receive any.