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Readability of Print Research Unit (Herbert Spencer)

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Editors: Herbert Spencer, Linda Reynolds, Brian Coe, David Cranch
Publisher: Royal College of Art
Publication: 1973-1975, First Edition
Binding: Softcover, comb-bound
Pages: Varied
Size: 210 x 297
Text: English

Selection of very scarce research studies undertaken by Herbert Spencer on the subject of legibility in information publishing.

Item 1) Legibility research in information publishing

  • By Herbert Spencer RDI DrRCA
  • Reprinted from the Penrose Annual Volume 67 1974
  • 10 loose leaf sheet in wrap.

(Foreword) 'The head of Britain's Royal College of Art Readability of Print Research Unit, and former editor of Penrose, outlines the reasons why legibility research is today of particular importance in the field of information publishing and describes three investigations recently completed by the Unit.'

2) The relative effectiveness of ten alternative systems of typographic coding in bibliographical material

  • By Herbert Spencer, Linda Reynolds and Brian Coe
  • July 1973, 48 pages plus Appendix

3) A report on a system of computer-generated alpha-numeric characters

  • By David Cranch
  • July 1973, 64 pages

4) A report on the relative legibility of alternative letter shapes

  • By Herbert Spencer, Linda Reynolds and Brian Coe
  • July 1973, 32 pages

5) A comparison of the effectiveness of selected typographic variations

  • By Herbert Spencer, Linda Reynolds and Brian Coe
  • September 1973, 12 pages

6) The relative effectiveness of spatial and typographic coding systems within bibliographical entries

  • By Herbert Spencer, Linda Reynolds and Brian Coe
  • October 1974, 50 pages

7) A preliminary study of the effects of image degradation on the legibility of printed text and numerals

  • By Herbert Spencer, Linda Reynolds and Brian Coe
  • March 1975, 22 pages plus Appendix

8) Penrose portrait: Herbert Spencer

  • Bryan H. Smith
  • Reprinted from the Penrose Annual

Condition: Very Good. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age. Light rubbing and tanning to covers. Light tanning to interiors, fold to length of one cover. Please contact me for further information on condition.

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