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First Arabic Legibility Studies

أول بحث شامل في القراءه العربيه

Nadine's Reading Arabic legibility studies for the Arabic script are to be of her most significant contribution in the field of typography. The studies are the first comprehensive studies to deal with Arabic typeface legibility. It took a place from 2007 until 2013 with its testing being set in Nadine’s home city, Beirut, Lebanon. Nadine h-ere, once again, decides to look on what she can do to make a difference reg-arding an issue of her concerns, literacy in the Arab world. She decided to take it as a design challenge and find out how can she - as a designer- to encourage Arab to read more. At the end of the introduction, Nadine asks “If people read more, will they fight less?” This as well as the questions of “what to design” marked the start of the research in 2007.

Key Finding

نتائج البحث

The research confirmed Arabic short vowel to be a second class citizen within the Arabic alphabet world. Despite their purpose of bringing further clarification to a word, they were found to have a negative impact on legibility with them increasing the time taken to process the word. This funding was a key factor in a later research toward developing a standardized Arabic continuous text reading chart by Balsam Alabdulkader and Susan Jennifer.

Automotive Typeface Design

خط المركبات

The studies have influenced all of Chahine next projects as she became able to make research supported design decisions regarding legibility in Arabic typefaces. Furthermore, it encouraged Linotype to partner with MIT AgeLab to do “Assessing the impact of typeface design in a text-rich automotive user interface” research.

The research studies the effect of typeface choice on legibility for automotive companies with Nadine being part of the research team. It proved humanized typeface such as Frutiger to be more legible comparing with more geometric typefaces with tighter spacing such as Eurostile. The humanized typeface lowered glancing time as much as 10.6% among men and 3.3% among women comparing with the geometric one.