Monotype, MIT AgeLab develop typeface legibility test

Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE) said that together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, they have developed a new, streamlined methodology for testing the legibility of typefaces on screens under glance-like conditions.

Their new study correlates with the results of the previous research but uses an adapted stimulus onset asynchrony methodology to create a more flexible, cost- and time-effective way for designers to test specific typeface legibility under glance-like behavior and help OEMs such as automotive manufacturers and HMI designers select a legible typeface for in-vehicle displays. The results of the new tests found that on average, a humanist (Frutiger) typeface could be read accurately in shorter (8.8 percent) exposure times than a square grotesque (Eurostile) typeface which was broadly consistent with the legibility benefit for Frutiger as seen in the previous study.

Monotype is a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise that enable the best user experience and ensure brand integrity. Headquartered in Woburn, Mass., Monotype provides customers worldwide with typeface solutions for a broad range of creative applications and consumer devices. Further information is available at www.monotype.com.

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