It's not about legibility

This is a point I have had to make to several unsuspecting individuals in the past.

When I tell other designers what I do, there are two very common reactions: the first is that I design graphs, the second is that because I create information that people “understand”, this must mean I create information that people can “read”.

My usual (and probably very terse) response to this second conclusion is that “just because someone can read something doesn’t mean they can ‘understand’ it”. Granted, if information can’t be read, there’s no chance it will ever be understand it, but simply increasing the size of type – and of course putting it in the obligatory Helviticarial – is simply another way of shouting louder.

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