Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In Defense of Big Print

One of the criticisms that I read concerning the books coming out for 4th Edition D&D is that the print is 'too big' and that there is 'too much whitespace'. I can agree with those critcicisms if you just consider them from the standpoint of word count for your money. However, I belong to a very specific minority that highly benefits from the design of the new books - the extremely nearsighted.

My vision is very poor. Without glasses or contacts I am effectively blind. So I am actually very pleased that the new 4th Edition books have larger print and plenty of whitespace. It makes them much easier to read for me. I doubt that consideration for the myopic was behind this particular design decision, but I will still happily reap the benefits.

2 comments:

Ambrose said...

Much props. I'm nearly blind at this point, and need such things, and know many other gamers who wished for large print 3.5e books.

Chris Tregenza said...

I absolutely agree with you.

I get eye strain very quickly reading pages of the traditional 10pt superdense text found in most rule books.