Roxane: A Study in Visual Factors Affecting Legibility

Roxane is an original typeface designed by the author in response to a design analysis of visual attributes that enhance the legibility of font characteristics. The author takes issue with scientific legibility studies which focus on isolating variables to obtain verifiable results, but which are not useful in the more complex and holistic design of specific type faces. Visual analysis of type form attributes and visual principles provide the framework for this more holistic enterprise. The principles and attributes are demonstrated visually throughout the article, ending with Roxane, a type face developed with these principles in mind.