How we read
Designing for reading experiences is so much more than ‘just’ typographical design decisions.
“Journey mapping brings understanding of what customers are feeling, thinking and doing at any given point in time when interacting with a service, and recognition of how that may change over time.”
(Jason Santa Maria a.k.a. @jasonsantamaria ~ A List Apart)
Website reading: It (sometimes) does happen
Thin versus deep reading and understanding: online versus offline.
“When web content helps users focus on sections of interest, users switch from scanning to actually reading the copy.”
(Jakob Nielsen ~ Alertbox)
Designing for the reading experience
But the thing is not to fall into the screen is paper parallel.
“With the rise of Web fonts as well as affordable hosted Web font services and ready-made kits, typography is reclaiming its title as design queen, ruler of all graphic and Web design.”
(Marko Dugonjić a.k.a. @markodugonjic ~ Smashing Magazine)
Effects of Typography on Reader Mood and Productivity
Great typography is like the oxygen of reading.
“The lesson here is twofold. First, good typography has a clear impact on the mood of the reader. People who are reading a well typeset page are more engaged in the experience and find that time flies by faster. Second, research has shown that positive mood improves creative problem solving, and since typography can be used to influence mood, it is possible that good typography also has direct effect on our productivity, at least in the sphere of certain creative tasks. Good typographic design then is not just a way to communicate the character of your text and strengthen reader engagement, it could boost their cognitive performance, too.”
(Dmitry Fadeyev a.k.a. @dfadeyev ~ UsabilityPost)
Interactive eBook Apps: The Reinvention of Reading and Interactivity
Pinging my CD-ROM memories full of interactive storytelling.
“The invention of the tablet PC has created a new medium for book publishing. Interactive books are everywhere, and have revolutionized the way people consume the printed word. With the recent software available to allow easy creation of interactive books and with the race to bring these products to market, there seems to be a more and more dilution of quality and a loss for the meaning of interactivity. When publishers create new eBook titles or convert a traditional printed book to a digital interactive eBook, they often miss the added value this new medium can provide.”
(Avi Itzkovitch a.k.a. @xgmedia ~ UX Magazine) ~ courtesy of vanderbeeken
Designing Engaging And Enjoyable Long-Form Reading Experiences
The issue of reading-from-a-screen is slowly fading. It’s about time.
“When you have fantastic and original content, ensuring the best possible reading experience is critical to keeping and building your audience. The following practices will help you design your content in a way that improves the experience for readers.”
(Martha Rotter a.k.a. @martharotter ~ Smashing Magazine)
Online digital text and implications for reading in academe
“While the Internet is a text–saturated world, reading online screens tends to be significantly different from reading printed text. This review essay examines literature from a variety of disciplines on the technological, social, behavioural, and neuroscientific impacts that the Internet is having on the practice of reading. A particular focus is given to the reading behaviour of emerging university students, especially within Canada and the United States. A brief overview is provided of the recent transformation of academic libraries into providers of online digital text in addition to printed books and other materials, before looking at research on college students’ preferences for print and digital text, and the cognitive neuroscience of reading on screen.”
(Barry W. Cull ~ First Monday, Volume 16, Number 6)