Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video How legibility and readability differ, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
A lot of people don't know the difference between legibility and readability.…They are both important, but there is a difference that you should know.…Legibility measures the ability to decipher something, that is can you look at it and make sense of it?…In typographic terms legibility measures how easy or difficult it is to see the differences…between one letter of a typeface and another. This is a function of the type's design.…The most legible typefaces have individual character shapes which are clearly defined from one another.…
Also, they usually have large excites and large counter spaces.…In this example, you can see that the serifs make it easy to see the difference between the Is and the Ls.…The serifs provide a little extra detail.…Studies have shown that serif typefaces are more legible than sans serif typefaces because…of the details provided by the serifs.…This is why you will not see a book type set in a sans serif typeface.…
Lengthy reading in a sans serif would be uncomfortable.…If legibility measures the reader's ability to see the text, readability measures how…
- 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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