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The relationship between stroke weight and letter width

What is the ideal balance between stroke weight and letter width when designing for maximum letter legibility? With variable fonts, such a question is more relevant than ever before. Could it be that there is an optimal stroke weight independent of point size? Is it essential to maximize the size of the counters when adding stroke weight? Is stroke weight in fact unimportant, while letter width has the greater effect on legibility? Or is the best way forward to add as much stroke weight as possible, as the effect of letter width is insignificant? These questions have been investigated in a new experimental investigation of single letters presented as quick exposures in the peripheral visual field.


Sofie Beier

Associate Professor Sofie Beier teaches at the School of Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where she is the head of the Centre for Visibility Design. She is the author of the books Type Tricks: Your Personal Guide to Type Design and Reading Letters: Designing for Legibility, and has published numerous academic papers on typeface legibility. Her research focuses on improving the reading experience by achieving a better understanding of how different typefaces and lettershapes can influence the way we read. ソフィー・バイヤーはデンマーク王立美術院のデザイン科助教授で、同学デザイン可視性センター長。著書に『タイプトリック:書体デザインの個人指導』と『文字を読む:視認性向上のためのデザイン』があり、また書体の視認性についての学術論文を数多く執筆。彼女の研究テーマは読書体験の向上と、書体や字形のスタイルが読む行為に与える影響について。