The illustration in Fig 6.1 describes how a pixel can create difference in recognition of the letterforms made with pixels. Display of these letterforms becomes a critical issue when displayed on small mobile phone screens. We will try to explore various possibilities of curves transforming into pixels and their aspects of legibility and readability* for electronic displays. Choose any pair of letterforms in the circles given below and work in (1x1inch) file of 16 PPI to convert them into pixilated letterforms.
*Legibility and Readability:
These two terms are often used synonymously, however, legibility refers to the ability to distinguish one letterform from another via the physical characteristics that are inherent in the design of a particular typeface, such as x-height, character shapes, counter size, stroke contrast, and type weight.
The legibility of a piece of body text is enforced by the use of standard point sizes, sensitive leading and appropriate alignment. Absolute clarity of information combined with minimum of interfering factors creates legible type.
Readability concerns the properties of a piece of type or design that affect the ability to ‘understand’ it.
(Ambrose/ Harris, Typography, 2005, pg 104)10