Clear print design checklist
Font size and formatting
- Is the font size at least 12 point or ideally 14 point?
- Is the font type simple and clear?
- Is the text left aligned?
- Does the text contrast effectively with the background?
- Is the main text in upper and lower case?
- Are CAPS only used for single words?
- Is underlining and italics avoided?
- Is colour, bold or a larger font size used to highlight keywords or headings?
- Is splitting words between two lines avoided?
- Is curved or vertical text avoided?
- Is central alignment only used for titles?
- Is there is adequate space between each line?
- Are words stretched or crammed?
- Is there a space between each paragraph?
- Is there an adequate gutter between columns of text?
- Are bullet points solid and bold?
- Is the layout consistent and logical?
- Are recurring features used?
- Are page numbers in the same place on each page?
- Is text over images avoided?
- Are watermarks behind text avoided?
- Have you ensure that images are not the only way of providing information?
- If the reader needs to write on the page, is there is adequate space to use a big thick marker?
- If using tick boxes or tables, is the border is solid and bold?
- Does the paper have a matt finish?
- Do folds on the paper obscure the text?
More information about clear print
If you would like more information about our clear print advisory service, please contact us at:
NCBI Library and Media Centre
Unit 29, Finglas Business Centre
Finglas, Dublin 11
Ph: 01 8642266