What font size is large print?

The “point” is the usual unit for measuring the size of fonts.

  • Regular print is usually 10 or 12 point and may even be slightly smaller than this in some newspapers.
  • Clear print is usually 14 point.
  • Large print is significantly bigger – 16 point or higher – and this may be large enough for people who have some useful sight, but who struggle to read regular print.
  • We also use the term “giant print” to refer to anything larger than 18 point size. Giant print books from RNIB Libray are in 24 point. 

If you’re thinking of producing material in large print for someone, check with them first to see what size of font they are comfortable reading. Some people may even prefer audio for very long documents or books. You might also want to consider using a font that is more legible, perhaps even a specialist font such as Tiresias.

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