Legibility/Readability

Although the terms legibility and readability tend to usually be linked to typography and textual content visualization, they are a part of a much wider spectrum within the visual fields and indeed also extend to creative fields such as literature and sound/music, where the same aspects of ambiguity regarding the content of such output is also to be found. The minimum requirements to distinguish text type constitutes for typographic legibility, and this same standard can also be utilized as an approach in all creative arts in investigating the legibility of ‘content’. Even the shapes and forms of mundane objects which surround us have varying levels of legibility – while some are immediately identifiable with regards to their meanings and purpose, others possess far greater ambiguity which open doors to different interpretations as wells as multiple and yet concurrent points of view. Thus the decipherment of these attributes also addresses the field of cognitive science and visual perception. Readability however, takes legibility even a step further. It is the quality that makes text, symbols, icons, and architecture easy to “read”, and thus inviting to the eye. This aspect of readability involves as much social analysis as it does visual analysis, since such attributes are also very often culturally conditioned.

Should you wish to examine legibility and readability of creative content as the subject matter of a visual project the faculty member interested in this topic as a part of his own creative practice is Onur Yazıcıgil

 
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