Category Archives: Discussion

Does teaching sign language to children inhibit verbal language acquisition?

A potentially difficult longitudinal study. Here is a three minute You Tube video clip regarding this. Be sure to watch it to the end.

What typeface of dyslexia do you have?

Question: How can we measure the effects of type design on dyslexia? Read Regular, a typeface designed for people with dyslexia, has been in the works for some time. Do you know of any scientific studies that investigate it’s effects on reading performance? IV: Typeface DV: Reading time Comprehension Further reading: Klein, R., McMullen, P….

Kerning in logographic systems of writing

Question: Is there an equivalent to kerning or tracking in logographic systems of writing like chinese? IV: Inter-logogram spacing DV: Reading time Comprehension

Typography as applied orthography

Typography as applied orthography

Downstyle versus Upstyle

Background Typographic convention gives us the following reasons why downstyle is preferable to upstyle: a) 80% of the time words appear set in lowercase letters resulting in a more familiar word shape (bouma). b) Proper nouns like Your Name get a little more prominence and stand out as the proper nouns that they are. c)…

Does hinting influence reading performance?

Independent variable Hinting Dependent variables Time to read (words per minute) Comprehension Discrimination

Does ClearType™ influence reading performance?

Independent variables ClearType™ Traditional anti aliasing Aliasing Dependent variables Time to read (words per minute) Comprehension Discrimination

Case and style

Independent variables Case (CAPS, MiXeD, lowercase) Style (Roman, Mixed, Italic) Dependent variables Time to read (words per minute) Comprehension Discrimination