Centre for Visibility Design

  • Fabrikmestervej 6

    1437 Copenhagen K


Organization profile

Organisation profile

We use scientific methods to improve the legibility of typefaces and pictograms.

We strive to produce new knowledge that can provide the tools to create the most legible typography, for both normally sighted and low-vision readers.

Research in the organisation

Our findings can help optimize challenging legibility situations, including text on traffic and road signs, type on medicine packaging, small point sizes in newspapers or any other reading situation where letters and words can be difficult to perceive. The Centre also works on improving the visibility of pharmaceutical pictograms.

 Our approach is based on combining methods from psychophysics with research-by-design. Psychophysics is a well-established field of research within psychology that investigates the relationships between physical stimuli (the design) and perception. We use our practical knowledge of design to make appropriate changes to the stimuli and employ methods of statistical analysis to measure the effect of these design changes on perceptual performance.

To ensure the relevance of the findings for the typography user and the scientific validity of the experiments, we have designers define the research questions and develop the test material, while psychologists and vision scientists create the experimental paradigm and analyse the resulting data. 

We are committed to create universal design that can improve everyday life for all.

Publication collaborations within the past 5 years. Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2017 2019

Can we improve the perception of crowded digits with a new font using vertical shifts?

Beier, S. & Bernard, J-B., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review


Smaller visual angles show greater benefit of letter boldness than larger visual angles

Beier, S. & Oderkerk, C., Aug 2019, In : Acta Psychologica. 199, p. 1 8 p., 102904.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

활자 기술: 라틴 활자 디자인을 위한 실천 지침

Translated title of the contribution: Type Tricks: Your personal guide to type design (translated into Korean)Beier, S., 2019, Sydkorea: Ahn Graphics. 220 p.

Research output: Book / Anthology / Thesis / ReportBookCommunication

Projects 2017 2021


Creative Circle

Sofie Beier (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prizes

Danish Arts Foundation

Sofie Beier (Recipient), May 2016

Prize: Prizes

Danish Arts Foundation, Project Funding

Sofie Beier (Recipient), May 2016

Prize: Prizes

Activities 2009 2016

  • 6 Lecture and oral contribution
  • 1 Peer review of manuscripts

Skriftstøberen John Baskerville’s designproces

Sofie Beier (Lecturer)
26 Aug 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

The Typeface Character

Sofie Beier (Lecturer)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

Typeface functionality

Sofie Beier (Lecturer)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

Press / Media

The Designer Behind The Typeface: An Interview With Sofie Beier’

Sofie Beier


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media