Font Conference

A fun YouTube video Sharon Shinn pointed to on Facebook:

This is funny, and I will just add that I am much, much less into fonts than (apparently) almost everyone. That’s why I like Times New Roman. It just looks normal and non-fancy and straightforward. I like Garamond too, and why? Because it looks basically normal and non-fancy and straightforward.

I don’t much like sans serif fonts and particularly dislike Calibri, BUT, I must admit, I have my Kindle app on my phone set to a sans serif font because it honestly is easier to read without picking up my reading glasses. So I see why some people like sans serif fonts. I just think they’re unattractive compared to any normal serif font.

I bet a lot of you have a much stronger opinion about the best fonts and the worst fonts than I do. But I agree with everyone (apparently) that Jokerman is awful. I hadn’t heard of it until this Facebook thread.

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5 thoughts on “Font Conference”

  1. I’ve been interested in fonts for a long time, mainly ones that were legible across a variety of monitors. I favored Verdana, one of the early fonts designed for the screen. But it doesn’t look so good on scaled 4K displays.

    I recently discovered Sitka, though it’s been available for around 10 years. It’s a serif font like Times New Roman, but I found it to be much easier on the eyes on a variety of displays. If you have Windows, you probably already have it installed.

    It comes in six styles with each style optimized for a size range. I usually use Sitka Text 10 pt. If you’re interested, here’s a short description of the design process. The page contains a link to a more in-depth research article from the font’s creators.

  2. Yeah . . . I generally stick to Times New Roman or Sitka. They’re non-fussy, easy to read, and work in lots of formats. I have some friends who are obsessed with fonts to the point that they can pick out some very obscure ones from a lineup – I’m mostly interested in legibility.

  3. My general interest in design extends to fonts and hand lettering, which can be very expressive. I like the way using different fonts in a design can convey tone. Or the way hand lettering makes the words part of the design. I absolutely *love* the way Mary Engelbreit will put words or a quote into her art and make it a something of its own.

  4. Yes, very much so. My mother bought one of her page-a-day calendars for me every year I was in high school, and I clipped out the ones I particularly liked and made a collage of them on my closet doors. A smiling start to any day.

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