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Dressed for the Occasion: Font-Product Congruity in the Perception of Logotype

Doyle, John R. and Bottomley, Paul Andrew 2006. Dressed for the Occasion: Font-Product Congruity in the Perception of Logotype. Journal of Consumer Psychology 16 (2) , pp. 112-123. 10.1207/s15327663jcp1602_2

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Abstract

Styles of lettering (i.e., fonts) can differ in their appropriateness for describing certain types of brands and products. We use the Osgood dimensions of evaluation, potency, and activity to measure the connotative meaning of fonts and product categories. Judgments of the appropriateness of a font for a product partly depend on the consistency between the connotative meaning of the font and that of the product along dimensions of potency and activity. However, its perceived appropriateness also depends on the connotative meaning of the font per se, indeendent of the type of product being described. These differences are also evident when participants choose a company to call on the basis of ads similar to those found in the Yellow Pages. Finally, the effect of the meaning that people assign to a font is similar to the effect of the meaning they assign to the product's name itself.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
ISSN: 10577408
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 03:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/2571

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