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2014 Kia Forte: Good Graphics

August 5, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

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.

2014 Kia Forte

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

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