Does anyone know of any studies done on Legibility that show that
Body copy larger than 9, 10, 11 pt (like for instance 12 point Helvetica)
are actually harder to read? (I prefer reading text that is between 8-10 pt),
If I am designing a layout to a book or magazine I would use 8 pt if
editors/clients would let me. Leaving more room for photos, captions, to
breath. I've recently been forced to use 12 point type and it looks so
horsey to me.
My theory is if its body copy is larger than 11pt its actually harder
Read because as your eyes sweep over the lines of text you can’t see
As many words at one time. I also think it might be harder to read
Larger body copy because when its too big you start seeing individual
Letterforms instead of words. (They say that speed readers see 5 or 6
Words at a time).
(I am hoping there has been a test that confirms this
—aesthetically working with larger sizes
of body copy always makes the over all layout look clunky— I want to
be able to tell people that the idea that larger body copy is easy to read
is a fallacy.