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The role of typeface design within the scientific study of legibility

Karin von Ompteda

TypeTech TT03 | Palace A
Wednesday 17 September | 12:00 – 12:50

Theme TypeTech by ATypI | Duration: 50 minutes

In the pre-digital era, manipulating typeface parameters to study their influence on legibility was difficult. This contributed to a common practice amongst legibility researchers to test unmodified commercial typefaces differing in numerous parameters, ultimately resulting in a paucity of controlled investigation. The advent of digital typeface design has seen over the past decade scientists develop typefaces for experimental purposes. While this has advanced knowledge, a lack of connection to the design community has limited the practical application of findings. This presentation will argue that practice-based typeface design research has a critical role to play in the scientific study of legibility.

Speaker details

Karin von Ompteda

PhD Candidate Royal College of Art | United Kingdom

Karin von Ompteda is a designer and researcher based at the Royal College of Art. Her design work has been published internationally including by Laurence King, RotoVision, Index Books, IDEA Magazine and the Brno Biennial. She has presented her research at ATypI ’08, Include ’09 (International Conference on Inclusive Design), and conferences hosted by the University of Cambridge and Central Saint Martins. Karin’s background is in biology (MSc) and her current PhD has been funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom, and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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