Visual design best practices for handouts Cameron Romney Center for Foreign Language Education Momoyama Gakuin University (St. Andrew’s University) March 23, 2013
Agenda• Introduction• Typography• Page Layout• Graphics: Illustrations/Photographs, etc.
ConnectTheory and Practice with ‘Best Practices’
Do you know anything about typography/ page layout/graphics? Do you think it (they) are important? Why or why not?
“Unfortunately, most of the materials made athome, no matter how good in content, areatrocious in terms of layout. In my experienceswith both publishers and students, I have cometo the conclusion that layout is just as important as...no, even more important than...content” Curtis Kelly, 1998
Visual design effects on readers• Motivation Smiley (2004); Misanchuk (1992); Bell & Sullivan (1981)• Comprehension Gasser, Boeke, Haffernan, & Tan (2005); Romney (2004); Smiley (2004); Walker (2001), Hoener, Salend & Kay (1997); Garofalo (1988), Lewis & Walker (1989)• Recall Gasser, Boeke, Haffernan, & Tan (2005); Smiley (2004); Lewis & Walker (1989)• Efﬁciency/Speed Smiley (2004); Hoener, Salend & Kay (1997)
“...more easily perceiving ... text on apage ... less attentional resources arerequired for the process of reading. Moreattentional resources can then bedevoted to attending to the message inthe text, which results in deeperprocessing and an easier recall of theinformation presented.” (p. 185) Gasser, Boek, Haffernan & Tan (2005)
Best Practice #2set the typeface at a LARGER size
• Less skilled readers beneﬁt from larger text Carter, Day & Meggs (2006); Petterson (1989)• 9-12 pt is standard for adults Carter, Day & Meggs (2006)• 18 pt for 1st grade, 14 pt for 3rd grade, 11 pt for 6th grade Hoener, Salend & Kay (1997)
Best Practice #3 Use typography tosignal different sections