Where Design Meets Science
Typography is not just design and aesthetics. It is the vehicle of language and the gateway to reading and written communication. On the thresholds of reading tasks, when text is too small or too far, when there is little time to read, or when text contains crucial safety information, typographic decisions play a significant role in the clear communication of ideas. This is the point at which scientific research steps in to provide objective, data-driven, reproducible insights on how vision and psycholinguistics interact with typographic variables.

ILT Research is dedicated to building bridges between the worlds of science and academia, with the design community and industry bodies at large to help answer the most urgent questions related to text and reading. ILT Research is led by I Love Typography’s CEO, Dr. Nadine Chahine, and collaborates with leading researchers in Europe and the US.



Dr. Nadine Chahine has an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, a PhD from Leiden University, and an MSt. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Nadine’s research focus is on eye movement and legibility studies for the Arabic, Latin, and Chinese scripts. She collaborated with the MIT Agelab on several legibility studies that have since been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Displays, Ergonomics, and Applied Ergonomics. She was also the lead author of the most recent changes to legibility requirements for text in automotive settings for the ISO 15008 international standard. In 2012, Nadine was selected to Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and in 2017 to Creative Review’s Creative Leaders 50. She has also won multiple design awards, including two Awards for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York.

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