Programme

Forget typeface legibility research

What do we do with typefaces when we read?

Monday 26 October, 15:40 (10 minutes)

Dr Mary D Dyson, Lecturer, Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, The University of Reading

The contribution of scientific legibility research to type design practice is somewhat controversial. So, Mary Dyson takes on the role of relationship counsellor. Inspired by Kevin Larson's talk at ATypI 2003, she introduces some ideas from recent psychological experiments that seek to explain how we use and remove typeface-specific details of letters when we read. These ideas are evaluated in relation to the objectives and practices of designing typefaces for reading. The short counselling session will explore areas of agreement and conflict to help you reach your own decisions about the best way forward.