Penn State Study Examines the Effect of Fonts

Penn State’s Philip Garvey, with the assistance of Wie-Yen Eie and Jennifer Klenna, conducted a study to determine which fonts are the most legible. Sixty-four subjects from 19-87 years of age viewed 64 displays using 33 fonts shown on a computer monitor. The results of this study appear in different formats. One report was published in the inaugural issue of “The Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding,” which is published twice a year by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education. You can read it here: A shorter synopsis of the study can be found on this website at The study was funded by Gemini, Inc.,  a Minnesota manufacturer of individual, 3-D letters.

Wade Swormstedt

Wade Swormstedt

Wade is the former Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry and the former Editor and Publisher of Signs of the Times magazine.

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