Designing the smallest legible screen font

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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By Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

2400 Articles

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Legibility, of course, is a matter of degree, but given that NYU computer science professor Ken Perlin’s tiny font can fit 500 words into a 320 x 240 pixel rectangle, I am surprised at how readable it remains. “My design,” he explains, “assumes that screen pixels are horizontal striped as RGBRGB, as are most LCD screens these days.”

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