Why You Should Stop Using Times New Roman (Research Explains)

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Many claim that Times New Roman is the most readable or accessible font – but is this really true? We dive into font research to explore the accessibility of Arial, Comic Sans, and fonts like Open Dyslexic. Is there one that stands out from the rest? Or is the world of typefaces as subjective as our opinions about design?

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A big thanks to Paola Kassa and Matthew Shifrin for their contributions to this episode.
Created & produced by Vanessa Hill. Edited by Dominique Taylor. Research by Hannah Thomasy

REFERENCES 📚

READABILITY
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4612630/pdf/nihms729523.pdf
https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2003-10873-003
https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Towards-Readability-Individuation%3A-The-Right-to-on-Wallace-Treitman/72b7afdb762a8b0e03e8d9e4b0a9a59f1c99e0a3
https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/634067.634173#:~:text=A%20significant%20main%20effect%20of,serif%20or%20sans%20serif%20fonts.
https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/2858036.2858204
Emotional content and colours:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18459353/
https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3132525.3132546

ACCESSIBILITY
https://dl.acm.org/doi/pdf/10.1145/2513383.2513447
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26993270/#:~:text=OpenDyslexic%20was%20compared%20to%20Arial,(c)%20nonsense%20word%20reading.&text=Results%20from%20this%20alternating%20treatment,the%20group%20as%20a%20whole.
https://dl.acm.org/doi/pdf/10.1145/2513383.2513447
https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11881-017-0154-6.pdf
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00220671.2012.736430?needAccess=true
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0531513105008812?casa_token=P1wuF_Fg-7cAAAAA:Jcxpf9z5Gb7RKusXYg8csBiOP6JwJ9yThILEY4z7C4ayf93RQTQSuykgGM_QplLLfjHAyng2CoDG#fig1
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0008418212004693?casa_token=lcvTIaXFNeMAAAAA:Wy8pYsAgODvtGHREroGQx3szr2nOvHV5_81f5rWaGHHSZx6GliKn5mI0WfKE2pvuWYMInnzFgqGa
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5726769/pdf/nihms852548.pdf
Alex Chen’s post: https://medium.com/queer-design-club/the-controversy-of-accessible-type-8def04eb8808

FONT HISTORY
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2014/12/09/times-new-roman
https://www.fonts.com/font/monotype/arial/story
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/31/calibris-scandalous-history
https://www.forbes.com/sites/barrycollins/2021/04/28/microsoft-word-which-of-these-will-be-the-new-default-font/?sh=7ba9194f4dcf