Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Examining factors affecting legibility, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
Now that we've defined the difference between legibility and readability, let's look at…a number of factors that affect legibility.…Legibility measures how well viewers can see the type, specifically how well they can see…the differences between the shapes of the letters.…I want to show you important factors which can influence legibility.…An effort to improve legibility is the reason why highway typography is undergoing a redesign.…A new typeface for highway signs is being rolled out nationwide.…
On the left, you see the current signage known as Highway Gothic.…On the right, you see the new typeface, Clearview.…Let's compare individual letters.…Remember that a tall X-height and open counterspaces increase legibility.…Look at the O in Hellertown and see how much more space is inside on the Clearview example.…Look at the E, see how much more open counterspaces are.…Notice the little feet on the bottoms of the Ls, helping the I to distinguish them as Ls.…
These and other factors make the new signage visible at a greater distance, more clearly…
- What is typography?
- Differentiating type characteristics
- Using ornamental and decorative type
- Combining typefaces
- Using contrast and scale
- Kerning and kerning pairs
- Choosing the optimum line length
- Aligning and spacing characters, words, and paragraphs
- Understanding factors affecting legibility
- Working with three-dimensional type
- Putting type in motion
Skill Level Beginner
1. Typographic Differentiation
2. The Language of Type
3. Spacing and Alignment
4. Touching on Type Design
5. Legibility and Readability
6. Typographic Composition
Contrast and scale4m 54s
7. Thinking with Type
8. Specialized Uses
Working with numbers2m 10s
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