Reading in a crisis: readability of risk communication

To understand a message, it needs to be readable to be understood. But what happens if you're in a high stress situation?

28 June 2018 by Ruth Colmer

Hip-hop ain’t top: new study reveals reading levels behind music lyrics

Are songwriting standards slipping at the top of the charts? @guardianmusic has their say. Is lyrical intelligence getting lower? A new study suggests the complexity of lyrics is declining, comparing words used in songs to reading levels in US schoolchildren.

21 February 2018 by Steve Linney

GDPR: make your privacy notices readable – it’s the law

In the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is about to go into effect. Here's how to make your privacy notices readable.

30 November 2017 by Dave Child

Have you read the terms and conditions? The readability of insurance policies

It seems that nearly everything we buy these days comes with the recommendation of insurance cover and it’s a merry time for the insurance sellers. Why is this important for readability?

8 November 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Insurance companies should provide readable policies

An insurance policy is a legal document. It’s a contract between the buyer and the insurance company. It spells out the terms and conditions of the coverage provided. In a real sense, the contract is what you are buying. However, most legal documents are difficult to read and nearly impossible to understand.

14 September 2017 by Dave Child

Readability for authors

You have an idea for a novel, a short story, an article. It has everything – complex characters, suspense, and a killer of an ending. All you need to do is transform it into a beautifully polished piece that conveys the characters and their story exactly how they appear in your head.

22 October 2016 by Ruth Colmer