Legibility of Text,

Designing Information Material 4(1+3)

Lesson 5: Tools in Information Design Text

Legibility of Text,

The Techniques of writing have taught you how to write in simple understandable language. After writing the script this write-up now needs to be put in a printable format. Gone are those days of hand written documents, computers have changed the way written matter is presented. In this class you will learn about the tools you need for the information text.

Legibility of Text
The concept “legibility of text” refers to a text’s external properties. These are properties such as letter size, inter-line distance, line length, the distance between letters, the number of letters per line, the distance between words, headings, the subdivision into paragraphs, headings in the margin, the layout, colour of the printing ink and paper, the principles for legibility are presented in the following sub-sections: Legibility of Print Media, Legibility of Text on Wall Charts, Legibility of text on Screen, Legibility of projected Texts:

Legibility of Print Media
A printed text in books, handouts, reports and other printed documents must have good legibility or readability. Therefore the information designer will have to:
• Use clear, direct, simple and transparent typography.
• Use a common typeface, between nine and twelve Pica points, for continuous text in a book, a pamphlet, or a report.
• Restrict the number typefaces and only use a few per information material.

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