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Survey Results: iPad is Best for Reading, Communicating, and Gaming

B. Nguyen & B. Chaparro Summary. In the last issue of Usability News, we distributed an online survey exploring iPad usage. Results of the survey indicate that the iPad is mainly used for web browsing, email, reading news and e-books,

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Know Your Typefaces! Semantic Differential Presentation of 40 Onscreen Typefaces

By A. D. Shaikh Summary. This article presents results from a study investigating the personality of typefaces. Participants were asked to rate 40 typefaces (from serif, sans serif, display, and handwriting classes) using semantic differential scales. Responses are shown by

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The Effect of Typeface on the Perception of Email

By A. D. Shaikh, D. Fox, & B. S. Chaparro Summary. This study investigated the effect that a font has on the reader’s perception of an email. Based on a previous study by Shaikh, Chaparro, and Fox (2006), a sample

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Examining the Legibility of Two New ClearType Fonts

by B. S. Chaparro, A. D. Shaikh, & A. Chaparro Summary. This article introduces six new ClearType fonts developed by Microsoft. Legibility of two of the serif fonts, Cambria and Constantia, is compared to the traditional serif font Times New

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Perception of Fonts: Perceived Personality Traits and Uses

By A. D. Shaikh, B. S. Chaparro, & D. Fox Summary: This study sought to determine if certain personalities and uses are associated with various fonts. Using an online survey, participants rated the personality of 20 fonts using 15 adjective

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