Faint Design

Examples of too faint to read web pages, collated by Kevin Marks

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Legibility of Light and Ultra-Light Fonts: Eyetracking Study

We present the results of a preliminary eyetracking study showing that light and ultra-light fonts are less legible than their regular and bold counterparts in two variations of text-background contrast (low vs high) and two variations of text-background polarity (positive vs negative). Oculomotor indicators like mean fixation duration and saccade amplitude show that light and ultra-light fonts also induce higher cognitive load. Our study suggests avoiding light and ultra-light fonts for body text.

How the Web Became Unreadable at BackChannel

I thought my eyesight was beginning to go. It turns out, I’m suffering from design.