Is this legible?
Machine learning is emerging as a powerful area in the also powerful, also emerging field of artificial intelligence. The legibility of fonts is very important when you work within design, and a perfect area to try to harness some of that power.
Our idea was to train an AI to categorize how legible an image of a default font sample is. It would create an algorithm that could do so, by using machine learning with deep neural networks.
We trained the AI by uploading 30 images of fonts and categorizing them by legibility as ‘Best’, ‘Okay’ and ‘Bad,’ based on various design elements such as line weights, angles, spacing, and general consistency.
Now, the AI algorithm can take new, untrained font images and give an educated estimate on whether the font has Best, Okay, or Bad legibility.
The machine learning was done by IBM – Watson Studio