Fonts for small screens

17 Jul 2006 - 8:21am
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Cesare Rocchi
2006

Hello,

Has anybody any pointer/theory/experiment about the fonts which are better
(that is, enable better reading) for small (e.g. PDA) screens?

Thanks,

-c.

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Rocchi Cesare
ITC-Irst Trento (Italy)
http://tcc.itc.it/people/rocchi.html

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17 Jul 2006 - 1:33pm
gretchen anderson
2005

I work on small devices for the elderly and, the best practices that I've found are to use heavier type (Arial Bold/Arial Narrow Bold variants) at a minimum character height of 2.5mm. We've tested prototypes that make use of these specs with older people and always gotten positive marks for readability.

Narrow type affords more space, with a slight readability loss.

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Hello,

Has anybody any pointer/theory/experiment about the fonts which are better
(that is, enable better reading) for small (e.g. PDA) screens?

Thanks,

-c.

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Rocchi Cesare
ITC-Irst Trento (Italy)
http://tcc.itc.it/people/rocchi.html

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22 Jul 2006 - 1:57am
Nancy Broden
2005

Jared Benson, Ken Olewiler and myself presented a paper at DUX 2005 on
this subject. Our paper is available on the AIGA site:

http://designforum.aiga.org/content.cfm?ContentAlias=_getfullarticle&aid=1684218

> Has anybody any pointer/theory/experiment about the fonts which are better
> (that is, enable better reading) for small (e.g. PDA) screens?

-- Nancy
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nancy.broden at gmail.com

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