Last week I suggested worship leaders can’t be oblivious to what’s happening on the screen during a worship service, since even the little things can add up to create big distractions. Bad line spacing is one little thing, and the size of the font is another.
If your font size is too big, then you wind up with a slide that is screaming at people and is sensory overload:
If your font size is too small, then you wind up with a slide that isn’t readable to anyone standing farther back than the first two rows, anyone with poor vision, or anyone who didn’t bring binoculars with them to church.
A well-chosen font size is neither too big nor too small. It leaves a nice margin around the text box on all sides. It allows the text to fill up the screen nicely so that there isn’t tons of empty space, but it also allows some empty space so that your eye isn’t overwhelmed.
Things to keep in mind:
- Can you read the slide comfortably from the very back of the room?
- Are the words too big? If you’re using a font size 42 and up, the answer might be yes.
- When you look out on Sunday morning, are people squinting? Your font size is too small.
- Are people moving their heads in order to follow all the words in the slide? Your font size is too big.
- Ask some people what they think. Can they read the words comfortably? Ask them to be honest with you.
The size of the font that you use in your slides is not the most major issue you will deal with as a worship leader. But caring about these small details is one way to be faithful even in the little things.