Typography and User Experience

In User Experience, typography has 2 main roles:

  1. usability – legibility and readability
  2. mood

1. Typography is an important part of usability. The way the letters look influence readability. Readability is defined as comprehension/understanding of the text. One prerequisite of readability is legibility. Legibility is the ability to decipher the characters. Legibility is influenced by character type, spacing, weight of the lines, etc.

2. Choice of typeface can set the mood of a product – playful, formal, old-fashioned, modern, etc.

I have compiled a list of resources for you to help you get started in understanding typography. Please consider them required class reading.

This slide deck introduces fundamental concepts of typography:

And finally, one of my favorite slide decks on Slideshare that explains not as much about legibility but more about mood and emotion:

If you are interested in learning more, see the list of top 10 most recommended books on typography by designers.

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  1. October 23rd, 2013

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