As “tech people” committed to data-driven decisions, Readability Matters invites researchers from tech, education, publishing and typography to participate in further study with the goal to improve reading for everyone, everywhere.
Readability Matters calls for further study of Readability Features to support implementation recommendations for personalized reading. Research must support all communities of readers, young and old, proficient and struggling, good and poor vision. Further, the research must be designed to include iOS, Android, and web platforms.
What question do you want to answer? Join the research community that is building better reading for everyone, everywhere.
Readability Matters is engaging in vital work that will help enhance reading for everyone. I am excited to partner with them on cutting-edge research that will help improve our understanding of how readability features affect reading comprehension processes in the brain.
— Dr. Shannon M. Sheppard, PhD, CCC-SLP, Chapman University
Advocates like Readability Matters are key in our era of information overload. LabX is excited to be working side by side with them to prove out technologies that enhance reading instantly.
— Dr. Ben D. Sawyer, Professor of Industrial Engineering & Neuroscientist, University of Central Florida
The Readability Matters team has brought invaluable insights to help guide our research directions towards impactful findings on optimal reading formats. We look forward to continuing to learn from each other.
— Dr. Zoya Bylinskii, Research Scientist, Adobe
ReadWorks is excited to team with Readability Matters and researchers exploring Readability impacts. We have a collective goal of improving outcomes for all learners.
— Susanne Nobles, PhD, Chief Academic Officer, ReadWorks
As a researcher, I am excited to explore the benefits of personalized reading formats for children. Readability Features may be an important new tool for educators in the area of individualized instruction.
— Carol Connor, PhD, Chancellors Professor, School of Education, University of California, Irvine
Readability Matters has served as the catalyst to bring together multiple groups of advocates, researchers, and professionals to help spur new research into the idea that every person, no matter their prior ability, can improve their reading ability with their optimal typeface. As a researcher, I am privileged to be working with such a group.
— Shaun Wallace, Doctoral Candidate, Brown University
The team at Readability Matters continues to challenge our thinking and expand our research agenda. We look forward to improved reading productivity for all!
— Rick Treitman, Entrepreneur in Residence, Adobe
Research, White Papers and Reports
WebGazer: Scalable Webcam Eye Tracking Using User Interactions
Can webcam eye tracking facilitate readability research? At the Twenty-Fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2016, Alexandra Papoutsaki, Patsorn Sangkloy,…
The Adobe Tech Proof of Concept, Part II
More Detail on the 2018 Tech Proof of Concept Test with Adobe In his Adobe MAX 2020 readability presentation, Document Cloud Entrepreneur…
Widened Letter Shapes Have Implications for Improved Readability
Research Highlight Chiron A.T. Oderkerk and Sofie Beier of the Centre for Visibility Design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts…
Readability Matters for College and University Learners
An Instructor Guide Engaging and Motivating College Student Readers through Customizable Reading Text Interface Jenae Cohn, Ph.D., Kathy Crowley, and Marjorie Jordan…
Individual Differences in Font Preference & Effectiveness as Applied to Interlude Reading in the Digital Age
Can we Accelerate Adult Reading? At the June 2020 virtual Vision Science Society conference, Shaun Wallace presented the results of a collaboration…
Building Word Knowledge with WKe-Books
In a 2018 Computers & Education paper, Connor et al. studied the potential impact of technology within learning opportunities provided in the…
Accelerating Adult Readers With Typeface
Published in the proceedings of the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) Conference 2020, was this study of font as a factor in accelerating…
The Great Typography Bake-off
In a paper published in Ergonomics, the International Journal of Research and Practice in Human Factors and Ergonomics, Sawyer, Dobres, Chahine and…
University Student Survey Reveals Unique Preferences for eReading Personalization
Readability Matters invited a professor at a top 75 US National University to conduct a quick survey of reading format preference. Thirty-seven…
Towards Readability Individuation…
In a newly published paper, researchers from Brown University, Adobe Inc., University of Central Florida, and Riverdale Country School studied the impact…
Base Font Effect on Reading Performance
Readability Matters advocates for the provision of a full set of Readability Features (including font choice, size, character spacing, character expansion, and…