The Typographic Design for Children project

The Typographic Design for Children Project, funded by AHRC from 1999 to 2005, aimed to find out how typography can help children's reading. Does typography affect their motivation to read? Are serif or sanserif typefaces easier or more difficult for children to read? Do children find infant characters (eg variants of 'a' and 'g') easier or more difficult to read? Does more or less space between letters, words and lines help or hinder children's reading?

The project was directed by Sue Walker and Linda Reynolds.

Nicola Robson, Alison Duncan, Angela Redfern, Nadja Guggi and Caroline Archer worked on the Project as research assistants or as Phd students. Text Matters contributed technical advice on database and web design. 

Oxford University Press have supported the Project by letting us use text and illustrations for test material, and by contributing to discussion about the typographic and editorial issues they think are important in the design of books for young readers. 

Children and teachers at Redlands, Willowbank and Aldryngton Primary schools in Reading helped with the testing of materials.