MIT study helps Monotype develop a safe typeface for car dashboards.

Even though the average vehicle dashboard is packed with useful information, it turns out that most of it isn’t that easy to read. A new font designed by Carl Crossgrove, a senior type designer at Monotype, could be just what car manufacturers are looking for. It’s called Burlingame, and in a recent MIT Study is much more legible compared to existing fonts used in cars.

Even though designers have their own personal theories about what makes a good typeface, it’s not something that’s been tested before. The MIT Study compared “humanist,” which feature more organic shapes and looser spacing, with “grotesque,” more modular and blockier, style typefaces.

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