Clear Print Design Standard

CNIB is committed to accessibility for all Canadians. One important element of that is Clear Print, an accessible design standard for printed items ranging from magazines to computer screens.

As our population ages, and as certain eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) become more prevalent, more and more people are finding it difficult to comfortably read everyday printed items like newspapers, bank statements, medication bottles and food labels.

The 10 variables explained in Clear Print can affect readers who have difficulty reading print – an increasingly large segment of today’s market. Keep them in mind as you design your product, and you may reach a wider audience than ever before.

Using a more readable, universal typeface for products like these, and incorporating some other simple design modifications, ultimately means increased independence, access, safety and enjoyment of life for people with vision loss.

For more information:

View a complete list of organizations with guidelines and standards for text legibility, large print materials and reading with low vision. Many of these sources provided valuable input for CNIB's Clear Print guidelines.