Screen font for iPad applications for children
Initial research into interactive books on the iPad showed that design factors I had to consider were:
• the amount of words per line, the length of lines and the amount of lines per page
• the resolution, which is much lower than printed text
• change of direction. With mobile devices, there is a possibility of switching the view from horizontal to vertical by rotating the device. The size of the text changes, so that provides an additional challenge
• harmony of image and text. Since applications use full screen imagery, text must work on a colored background
An important part of my design research was to focus on the emotional aspect of text in children stories. Therefore, it would be useful to try and create a typeface that combined a legible serif with an emotional character set, to emphasize sounds and emotions.
Inspired by comic books I found, that they rarely contained onomatopoeic words of more than 4 letters and that the only consideration for creating onomatopoeic glyphs, was composition and space available within the frames.
It would then be possible to enhance the reading experience through play by linking sound and text, creating the use of a “hopping” style through the touch screen.