An interactive mystery, playable in a web browser, about utopian ideals and bookish delights.
Harmonia is one of those rare pieces of interactive fiction where the author has woven a unified experience out of crosshatched decisions in writing and systems design, with the weft amplifying and supporting the warp.
— Bennett Foddy, designer of QWOP
…a visually beautiful piece of hypertext: gorgeous typography set off with carefully chosen drawings, marginalia in different fonts, hand annotation. If you’ve ever lusted after IF that gave more care to the presentation of words, this is for you.
Harmonia seems like the furthest point we have reached in transforming flat text into a technologically-mediated experience.
Research and bibliography
At least one of the authors was largely unknown, and I had a terrific time playing amateur biographer to track down her history, which was unexpectedly moving. I wrote about it in Always fond of the marvelous: The hidden history of Anna Adolph.
I collected the source material into an open-source repository: 19th century utopian novels by women.
The user interface and design
I wrote about the research and thought process behind the marginalia design and user interface.
Coverage and interview in Atlas Obscura.