legibility VS aesthetics

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hoon kim's picture
Joined: 31 Jul 2010 - 1:17am
legibility VS aesthetics

do the principles for each legibility and proportional / geometric compositional aesthetics go hand in hand? or do these two somehow cancel / fight off each other out when it comes to optimisation / maximisation / refinement of each department?

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Russell McGorman's picture
Joined: 25 May 2006 - 10:01am

no, and don't you find it a little tiresome when a good design choice is dismissed as "aesthetic." by folks who think that what they do in life has more serious & practical applications that what you do.

There is no "VS' between aesthetics and legibility, Unless by "aesthetics," you mean something that is clearly meant to be decorative That is a different matter. IF a font is meant to be decorative, then legibility isn't is main purpose in life.

You can't think of the aspects that go into making a font legible without aesthetics, but while aesthetic choices may be beautiful they also have to be appropriate to the job at hand.

Aesthetics have a real function — You could call it ergonomics, or something along those lines. You can't have a legible / readable font that is also ugly, because "ugly" is distracting, and a legible font shouldn't be intruding into the consciousness of the reader in the act of reading.