Kevin Larson

Kevin Larson is a researcher on Microsoft’s Advanced Reading Technologies team. He works with type designers, psychologists, and computer scientists on improving the on-screen reading experience. The article titled The Technology of Text in the May 2007 issue of IEEE Spectrum discusses the ART team’s work on font and rendering technologies for computers as well as the psychological impact of good typography. Recently Kevin has been working on the legibility of individual letters, both studying how to design letters within a font, and working with models of human vision to optimize letter rendering. His PhD work at the University of Texas was on reading acquisition, and he can sometimes be found at The Pacific Science Center giving talks on topics such as electrons, learning theory, and El Niño.