Google fonts legibility cheat sheet

Aure's picture

Hi everybody,
I have run some tests in order to evaluate the legibility of the fonts included in the "Google font directory".
I have tried to read a text at about 50cm from my screen and evaluated the legibility of each of the 18 fonts from 9 to 18pt x-height with 3 levels : non-legible / difficult legibility / good legibility.
The tests have been run up on Firefox (last version) and 3 OS : Mac OS-X / Win Vista and Win XP.

The results of these tests are included in a pdf document, a kind of "Google fonts legibility cheat sheet".
If you are interested, you could download it for free (CC-licence).
Here is the link : Google fonts legibility.

I have written an article (fr) to explain my methodology on my blog. I will try to make an english translation when I would have some extra time.

I think this pdf could be useful for everyone who wanted to choose a legible display font in the Google font directory to be used on the web.

a french version of the pdf is available here : Google fonts legibility (fr)

andrevv's picture

That was pretty interesting. Google Translate did a good job translating your blog, for anyone looking to read it in English. As a colorblind person, I found it a little tough to read your charts, but it's no big deal. Good research and good information.

Aure's picture

Thanks for your feedback andrevv ;)

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