Things that make life better for older people make life better for people of all ages.
For example, I was looking over the discussion in ChangingAging’s linkedin group and found that Catherine Yanda had linked to this story…
A new font called Clearview appears on new road signs, making them easier to read even at night. Developed by a team that included civil engineers, graphic designers, psychologists, and vision experts, the new ergonomically sensible typeface combines upper- and lower-case print with added space inside the letters. The result is a clearer sign that drivers can better see.
More Here The video autoplays, which is bad manners for a web page, but the content is very good.
BACKGROUND: A new typeface for road signs, called Clearview, is much more legible than the existing typeface. The design is based on the results from six scientific studies and dozens of field reviews using drivers of all ages in both day and night driving conditions.
WHAT IT DOES: The Clearview typeface was developed by a team of perceptual psychologists, traffic engineers, type designers, graphic designers, vision experts, and optics engineers. It uses upper and lower case with initial capital letters, as well as spacing that takes into consideration how a driver will read the legend from an extended distance. It also eliminates nighttime overglow, also known as haloing. Overglow occurs when a car’s headlights shine directly on a sign with letters formed from any highly reflective material. For a moment, the letters become so bright they simply resemble blobs. Clearview overcomes this by designing the letters to have more interior space, so that when haloing occurs, the overglow doesn’t entirely fill them up.