Blog 2 Type Accessibility

Good afternoon, today in my second blog I will be discussing type accessibility.

Serif typefaces can be difficult to read or see if the fonts aren’t defined in its shape and size. It can be visually inaccessible for the audience, such as smalls fonts, legibility of letters, etc. In 12-point size, Sans-serif fonts are easy to read on screen compared to serif typefaces. Serif fonts have a small line attached to the end of the lettering and Sans Serif fonts are more squared looking then serif typefaces.

The most accessible font that’s mostly used is Arial, Calibri, Century Gothic, Helvetica, Tahoma, and Verdana.  This can also vary in a certain condition such as dyslexia and learning disabilities. Dyslexie and OpenDyslexic are specialist fonts, it makes fonts easier to read for people with dyslexia by the shaping of the letters. Both fonts of the bottom weight of each letter help the reader to know the difference between letters like I and J. Another specialist font is Fs Me. This font is a type for people with learning disability, it helps with the legibility of the letter and it is easier to see. If I was asked the question on what font would you pick to be part of the specialist font family. I would recommend Helvetica for people with learning disabilities and Comic Sans for people with dyslexia.

http://www.reciteme.com/common/ckeditor/filemanager/userfiles/Accessible_Font_PDF-2.pdf

Monotype asked a question “can a typeface reduce driver distraction potentially enhance the safety of your drive to work?” Studies from monotype imaging and MIT Age study links indicate that fonts need to do more to than example information but introduce a capable way to view information while doing another task when driving. Monotype believes that a typeface style can make a change in driver distraction. To the end of the study, it is shown that with the right typeface it can make a split difference on times not focus on the road. I believe that having a quick and very clear recognizable interface can reduce driver distraction and other common distraction.

In conclusion, having an understanding of type accessibility can help your choices on picking better fonts for your design.

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