As “tech people” committed to data-driven decisions, Readability Matters invites researchers–spanning cognitive science, visual science, human-computer interaction, education, and typography, from industry and academia–to participate in further study, shifting the focus from what is best for the population to what is best for the individual.
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.
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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
Independent Research, White Papers, and Reports
Space for Readability: Effects on Reading Speed from Individuated Character and Word Spacing
Research Highlight: Space for Readability: Effects on Reading Speed from Individuated Character and Word Spacing Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting December 2022…
Research Highlight: “Readability Research: An Interdisciplinary Approach”
Readability Research: An Interdisciplinary Approach published in Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction December 12, 2022 “From the moment we wake up…
Research Highlight: Fonts of Wider Letter Shapes Improve Letter Recognition
Small Font Changes can Make Significant Differences in Successfully Reading Digital Text As more and more reading moves from print to…
SSSR | Research Results: Improved Student Reading Speed and Comprehension
Personalized Reading Formats Studied in K-8 Students Updated: August 30, 2022 Cross-disciplinary research teams delivered posters summarizing their readability research at…
Personalized Font Recommendations with Machine Learning
Vision Scientists, Data Scientists, and Typographers Collaborate on a New Readability Solutions At the proceedings of DIS’22, the ACM SIGCHI Conference…
Towards Individuated Reading Experiences
Individuated Reading Experiences Increase Reading Speed without Affecting Comprehension Readability Matters obtained a pre-print of a forthcoming ACM Transactions on Computer-Human…
Readability Matters Announces The Readability Consortium
Readability Consortium Launches to Inform Next-Generation Reading Solutions The Readability Consortium will explore ways to enable better reading and shift reading outcomes…
Optimizing Electronic Health Records Through Readability
Research Highlight: Readability Promises to Improve Medical Outcomes This summer Rachel Ball, Dave Miller, Shaun Wallace and their team submitted their medical…
Sneak Peek: 20% Increase in Student Comprehension
Readability Formats Yield Significant Results for K-8 Students Early Results Are In! At the Adobe for Education conference, educator Dr. Susanne…
Readability Research: An Interdisciplinary Approach
“Readability Research: An Interdisciplinary Approach” is now available on arXiv! “Readability Research: An Interdisciplinary Approach” is now available on arXiv, an…
Stanford Paper: Pandemic Impacts Reading Fluency Development
Fluency Growth Stalled The Center for Policy Analysis for California Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education evaluated changes in Oral…