legibility


Legibility is the degree at which glyphs and vocabulary are understandable or readable based on appearance.

Documentation and research that lead to design of Arabic newspaper typeface
Typeface stories · 21 March 2012 · English · 1436 words
Hinting, or screen optimising, is the process by which TrueType or PostScript fonts are adjusted for maximum readability on computer monitors. This text compares different ways of hinting (black & white, grey-scale, ClearType, DirectWrite), and explains the behaviour of fonts under different rasterisers.
Tutorials · 17 May 2010 · English · 1920 words
An epistemology of the word ‘experimental’ as it applies to design and type, contrasted with its scientific connotations. Examples of past and current design, type and reading/language, as well as scientific experiment, are taken into account.
Essays · 23 January 2005 · English · 2063 words
The abstract for Emily King’s doctoral thesis which focuses on typeface design in the United States, England and the Netherlands between 1987 and 1997.
Essays · 23 January 2005 · English · 392 words
The second chapter of Emily King’s doctoral thesis which focuses on typeface design in the United States, England and the Netherlands between 1987 and 1997.
Essays · 23 January 2005 · English · 18886 words
The third chapter of Emily King’s doctoral thesis which focuses on typeface design in the United States, England and the Netherlands between 1987 and 1997.
Essays · 23 January 2005 · English · 17408 words
The fourth chapter of Emily King’s doctoral thesis which focuses on typeface design in the United States, England and the Netherlands between 1987 and 1997.
Essays · 23 January 2005 · English · 15377 words
A review of Emigre Number 64, the Rant issue, where upon its pages designers do just that. Siegel talks about the old Legibility Wars of the 1990s, how design is being produced, thought of and critiqued today and in the 1990s, and he even provides an interesting background of the Dutch design environment as a foil for the maintream of the western design world.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 2127 words
A thorough albeit pointed review, from a perspective of the early 1990s, of Neville Brody’s and Jon Wozencroft’s pioneering magazine Fuse. A timely piece of history for those interested in the design of type.
Reviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 2662 words
Max Bruinsma (who declares he has no printer, just a Zip drive) calls for greater attention to be paid to type on screen, is echoed by Matthew Carter, with a brief discussion of screen text technology and its place in reading today (or then).
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 2721 words
Martin Majoor, known for his typefaces Scala and Seria, is interviewed by Peter Biľak. The origins of his type, book design and working methods are discussed.
Interviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 1219 words
The globalisation and homogenisation of design, legibility and communication and the history of Emigre magazine are discussed in this interview with its founder, Rudy VanderLans.
Interviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 3323 words
Design errors in academic design curricula, the 2000 presidential ballot and aviation and nuclear accidents are considered, the concept of human error is called into question, and a call for human-centered design for the fallible user is put forward in this discussion from 2001.
Interviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 2341 words
A mid-1990s discussion of the state of type design, graphic design in the Netherlands and emerging digital media.
Interviews · 29 November 2004 · English · 1641 words
‘Scientific’ studies of typography and legibility are analysed by Ellen Lupton...
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 1246 words
A thorough look at the history and development of large type families across the 20th century.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 4197 words