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.
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
Independent Research, White Papers, and Reports
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…
Advancing the Reading Ecosystem
Readability Matters White Paper: Advancing the Reading Ecosystem Toward a Future of Personalized Reading: Human Factors Research + IT Systems Promise Value…
Tech Proof of Concept Results White Paper
Readability Matters White Paper: Maximizing Individual Reading Performance with Tuned Text Kathy Crowley and Marjorie Jordan Many researchers have demonstrated the value of…