2014 Kia Forte: Good Graphics
August 5, 2013
As a former art director/layout slave, I have a certain fondness for good graphics. And our Kia Forte's got them.
The first item I found praiseworthy was the touchscreen. The layout, resolution and ease of use are all excellent. As a graphics nerd, I'm particularly fond of the font the designers chose. One of my great struggles when selecting a typeface for a project is finding something modern and edgy, yet still legible. I call those rare fonts "edgible."
As an on-screen font, it definitely works well. For consistency's sake, Kia also used the same font everywhere else in the car: on buttons, knobs, gauges. And even the digital readouts on the climate control and are similar, if not identical.
A lot of other manufacturers will have a multitude of different typefaces throughout their cabins, and to most people it goes unnoticed. The latent designer in me sometimes gets irked by this, but when there's a wonderful consistency, like in our Forte, I feel compelled to call it out.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 3,164 miles