Friday, February 3, 2012

Testing the Waters


The Questions: How does nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism affect the typographic form at different distances? Can there be a typeface designed to correct optical distortions? Can the data be used to accurately replicate the optical blur and distortion in other situations?

  • Pick different typefaces to test with (ones that people interact with on a daily basis e.g. Helvetica, Interstate, Futura, Trade Gothic, Garamond, Univers). "Helvetica is everywhere. It is the standard typeface of hospital signage systems, medicine labels..." -
  • Creating a checklist with multiple scenarios for the individuals eyesight and the results for each distance and typeface tested.
  • Interview potential victims. Record their specific vision type.
  • Conduct experiment. Try to ask the subject to replicate the type with a camera for blur and a computer for distortion.

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