Kiosk printing formats (Draft 6)


  • Kiosk should at minimum provide two options for printout: high contrast, and "standard" (using 18 point font at minimum).

General design considerations of printed material:

  • color is not be the only way of delivering information (helps people with certain kinds of color blindness);
  • achieve high contrast between foreground and background colors
  • use an easy-to-read font (sans-serif typefaces tend to be more readable and legible)
  • font size should be between 12 and 18 pt.
  • leading (space between lines of text and should be at least 25 to 30 per cent of the point size.)
  • spacing between letters shouldn't be crowded
  • a matte or non-glossy finish on the paper cuts down on glare when reading

Large print format

The kiosk has the option to print out this format. Above design considerations can apply but -

  • at least a 16-18 point type for maximum readability & legibility
  • sans-serif typeface preferably

High/reverse contrast

The kiosk has the option to print out this format on the fly.

Rationale for alternative formats

  • Visitors want choice / options for the theme they want to explore. Once a theme is picked, the question for the visitor becomes how to get where they want to go. Thus, the kiosk provides a map. When a visitor arrives at the gallery, they receive interpretation about the themed tour on the gallery walls.

Tactile map annotated w/ Braille

  • this provides visitors with spatial and possibly limited interpretive information
  • The kiosk doesn't have the option to print out this format but visitors can pick one up at the information desk.

Audio version of themed tour

  • this provides interpretive content analogous to what would be found on the gallery walls
  • rationale: not safe to assume most blind people read Braille. Allows people to more independantly access the interpretive content for a theme.
  • provided via mobile or loaner device (kiosk should inform of this)

Mobile ??

UI Options Use Cases
CNIB Clear Print Guide)
The Legibility of Typefaces for Readers with Low Vision: A Research Review