Script and informal typefaces

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One of our tests compared Century and Gill with two informal-looking typefaces, Sassoon and Flora. The children noticed differences in features of individual letters, in the qualities of the setting as a whole, such as size and texture.


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We also asked children about their views onthe following typefaces:

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Discussions with children about these further confirmed that typefaces can have an important effect on how children perceive a text, and hence their motivation to read. Associations can be strong, and there seems to be some comfort for young children in reading things that look familiar or 'normal'. Many of the children we spoke with were able to talk about the differences between the typefaces.