From The Guardian: When fonts fight, Times New Roman conquers
[A]uthor Sean Richardson had asked the internet to “reveal the deepest part of yourself: Which font and which size do you write in?”, little realising he was about to open a Pandora’s box of preference and prejudice.
This is funny. Also, it’s true.
Not only do I write exclusively in Times New Roman, but I can’t stand other fonts. If someone sends me a document in anything else, I immediately hit Control-A and change the font to Times New Roman. Then I double-space the document. THEN I am prepared to read the thing, whatever it may be.
I suspect I am adamant about this because I spend *so much* time looking at words on a screen that when I say, “I’m used to Times New Roman,” I mean, “No, really used to it. Honestly, this is how typed words should look.”
I know that’s a little over the top. Nevertheless: Times New Roman only. I especially detest all sans-sarif fonts.
You know I’m teaching a class this semester, for the first time in forever. I’m going to describe lab reports today and assign one next week, and yes indeed, I will be saying: Write this sucker in Times New Roman, font size 12, and do not get creative on this. Reserve your creativity for other aspects of your life.
This was basically the Twitter response, though it wasn’t uniform.
Arial 12 pt, replied Poirot novelist and bestselling crime author Sophie Hannah. For Hugo-winning American science fiction author John Scalzi, it’s Georgia, 12-point, single-spaced, and “when I’m done, I double-space the entire document and put it into Courier, again 12pt”. For the Canadian fantasy novelist Guy Gavriel Kay it’s “New Century Schoolbook 12 … because I am young and cool”.
But then the surge for Times New Roman began…
Click through and read the whole thing … if you find font wars interesting, of course!