A Guide to Print Clarity Standards from CNIB

Whether you're designing a brochure or producing an instructional manual for a new product, there are some basic standards to follow to help ensure your message is easily understood.

Clear Print, a document from CNIB, identifies 10 variables that affect print clarity, including contrast (black and white is always best), paper finish (many readers are highly sensitive to glare), and size of type (the bigger the better). Other recommendations cover type colour, type heaviness, letter spacing, margins and columns, and design and simplicity.

Click this link to read the Clear Print Guide: http://www.cnib.ca/accessibility/clearprint/CNIB%20Clear%20Print%20Guide.pdf.

CNIB is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to public education, research and the vision health of all Canadians. CNIB provides the services and support necessary to enjoy a good quality of life while living with vision loss.

Click this link to visit the CNIB website: http://www.cnib.ca/eng/index.htm.

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