Typography for Information Design

The concept of that “the simpler the form of a letter the simpler its reading” was an obsession of beginning constructivism. It became something like a dogma, and is still followed by “modernistic” typographers.

This notion has proved to be wrong, because in reading we do not letters but words, word as a whole, as a “word picture.” Opthalmology has disclosed that the more and the letters are differentiated from each other, the easier is the reading.

Without going into comparisons and the details, it should be realized that words consisting of only capital letters present the most difficult reading – because of their equal height, equal volume, and, with most, their equal width. When comparing serif letters with sans-serif, the latter provide an uneasy reading. The fashionable preference for sans-serif in text shows neither historical nor practical competence.

Josef Albers, Interaction of Color

Sound Effect in American Comics

Sound Effect in American Comics

Sound effects in American comics are different from Japanese ones. They are basically sounds of action in American comics. On the other hand, sounds describe feeling of the characters in Japanese comics. I think that’s why the choice of font is different between American and Japanese comics. You can see thick sans-serif in American comics, but Japanese comics often use hand writing font for the sounds to make more personal.
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