Is it OK to Right or Centre Align?
With both right aligned and centred text, the reader faces the same issue: dealing with a varied starting position for each line. There’s no consistent place to move your eyes to, when locating the next line:
- It forces visitors to work harder to continue reading
- It slows down reading, when completing each line
- It discourages long-term engagement and ‘deep reading’.
For just one or two lines, such as headings or captions this can work. It requires limited eye movement to scan, without slowing down the reader too much.
Aligning Images with Text
With centred images within a grid, centre captions to add symmetry. However, as with body text in general, if your image is right aligned, still left align text unless it is a short caption.
Combining Headlines and Body Text
When you combine a centred headline with a left aligned paragraph, the unsymmetrical line lengths of the paragraph will make the headline appear slightly off-center.
Similarly a left aligned heading, will lose the symmetrical appearance of a paragraph with centred text.
Pair centred headlines with centred paragraphs and left aligned headlines with left aligned paragraphs.
Follow these rules and you can’t go far wrong.
If it’s easy to read, more people will read it