A collaborative, global project.


Readability Guidelines

Last updated: 7 January, 2020

"Imagine a collaboratively developed, universal content style guide, based on usability evidence." Sarah Richards, project founder.

Wiki sections

Project background

Sarah Richards of Content Design London asked in 2018 if working together we can create evidence-based style readability guidance. Content professionals in multiple sectors held regular, live, global discussions for a total of 24 weeks. Collaborators agreed:

  • an open community of content people would contribute to a single style readability wiki,

  • the project would rely on formal usability evidence: usability studies and academic research papers.

We then:

Get involved

How to join in:

We've reached full capacity in our Slack community, and cannot currently invite new members. Please add links to usability studies in the comment section of the relevant wiki topic page.

Wiki comments and edits

This is a totally open project. You're welcome to comment on, and suggest edits for wiki pages. Please:

  • be respectful,

  • make any comments in the spirit of positive open learning,

  • read current wiki pages carefully and study existing evidence before making comments and edit suggestions,

  • include usability evidence to support any comments and edit suggestions.

If you're super keen on helping, please assist with creating, maintaining and updating wiki pages. Lizzie Bruce is leading on the Readability Guidelines project for Content Design London. To find out more about wiki editing please email Lizzie.

Any other comments or queries, please get in touch on twitter @ContentDesignLN.