The World’s Smallest Legible Font


This is allegedly the world’s smallest legible font. Created by computer science professor Ken Perlin, the tiny font can fit 500 words into a 320 x 240 pixel rectangle.

Ken explains:

I wanted to design the smallest screen font that would actually be readable. My design assumes that screen pixels are horizontal striped as RGBRGB, as are most LCD screens these days.

My goal was to have something that is clearly readable, yet can fit an entire page of text onto a QVGA (320×240) screen (eg: an Apple iPod or T-Mobile SideKick).

In contrast, I’ve noticed that Microsoft’s smallest screen fonts are unreadable, whereas their smallest readable screen fonts are way bigger than necessary.

We can’t see it taking off. Actually, we can’t see it at all.


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