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ERIC Number: ED363284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Legibility Science and the Visual Design of Newspapers.
Barnhurst, Kevin G.
The influences of the study of legibility on newspapers are outlined, and some of the consequences of applying science to the visual design of journalism are considered. The science of legibility began by measuring how letters were perceived, and comparing how different designs are read. The legacy of legibility research, which is traced over the years, has been to document several general observations about typography that have been generally accepted, even though the specifications of legibility science fall short as a practical guide. Some of the changes in newspaper type size result not only from legibility science, but also from the style of the times. In general, newspapers have become more legible and more aesthetically designed because of changes in type. Legibility and other principles are widely used in the field of visual literacy, but it must be recognized that compromising legibility and beauty can at times serve a greater number of readers and allow more diversity of content. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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