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Rhythm and Legibility

When Thu 18 Sep 1620
Where BAU Design College
Who Ann Bessemans

There seems to be enough evidence that there is a relation between different typefaces and legibility. It would be of huge interest to understand the underlying factors. Reading has been thoroughly studied in terms of how language is processed in the brain but reading scientists care mainly about what happens cognitively. When people see fonts and words, they are barely aware of the sensory aspect (perception and transformation of the visual stimuli). This talk will explain the various types of rhythm within type design and link these to legibility insights. These days rhythm within typefaces is treated very homogenous. The perfect example is the currently dominant early 20th century letter model where all the letters within a font get roughly the same width. But how does this movement affect legibility (normal and poor readers)? The lecture will offer more insight into how rhythm within type is related to legibility, comfort and spatial frequencies.

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