Letter processing and font information during reading: beyond distinctiveness, where vision meets design
Sanocki, T. and Dyson, M. C. (2012) Letter processing and font information during reading: beyond distinctiveness, where vision meets design. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74 (1). pp. 132-145. ISSN 1943-3921
To link to this article DOI: 10.3758/s13414-011-0220-9
Letter identification is a critical front end of the reading process. In general, conceptualizations of the identification process have emphasized arbitrary sets of distinctive features. However, a richer view of letter processing incorporates principles from the field of type design, including an emphasis on uniformities across letters within a font. The importance of uniformities is supported by a small body of research indicating that consistency of font increases letter identification efficiency. We review design concepts and the relevant literature, with the goal of stimulating further thinking about letter processing during reading.