As the population ages, it is reasonable to expect that the group of older individuals who are blind or have low vision will grow. Since the aging Baby Boomer generation is much larger than previous or coming generations, providing your partially sighted customers communication materials in large format print will ensure their continued business.
What is Large Format Print?
Large format printing publications use a set of guidelines that improve readability beyond standard design and formatting. This includes a larger point size for characters - 18 point is recommended - plus the use of sans-serif fonts, increased spacing and improved contrast. The aging trend means that more people than ever before have partial sight and require large print. For this reason, it may be practical to have a large format printing service reproduce the original publication produced in large print.
Why can't I enlarge a copy myself on a photocopier for large print?
Using a photocopier's zoom feature to increase readability for users requiring large print is not recommended. Photocopying can result in reproduction issues such as low contrast and poor quality. In addition, photocopying does not adhere to the large print standards for the uniformity of font size and style, high contrast, and layout design.
Issues surrounding photocopy enlargement:
- Incompatible with assistive technology (magnifiers, CCTV etc.) which rely upon 8.5x11 format, high contrast, sans serif fonts and more.
- Columnar layouts & mixed font types are incompatible with reading style of most low vision readers
- Photocopy enlargement does not adhere to widely accepted legislation, guidelines and standards
- The resulting large paper size of a photocopy enlargement creates unwieldy filing problems
- Photocopy enlargement can result in blurry, fuzzy images that are unintelligible and unrecognizable to low vision readers
What about the use of illustrations in large format print?
Large format print publications can use enlarged graphics while maintaining the same contrast, clarity, and colour as the original version. Graphics containing text and captions should use the same large print guidelines as other text and where possible, wrapping text around graphics is avoided.
Learn more about T-Base's large format printing service.