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Your favorite font, or, fonts

 
 
Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 08:46 pm
Slate has an article about various writers favorite fonts.

http://www.slate.com/id/2166947/


I'm personally keen on Palatino, but am thinking about trying on Hoefler Text...
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 08:49 pm
Times New Roman for text, Georgia for headings (grey-blue)
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dadpad
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 08:56 pm
Ariel is by far the easiest to read for body text.
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old europe
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:02 pm
dadpad wrote:
Ariel is by far the easiest to read for body text.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a3/Ariel_Sharon.jpg/180px-Ariel_Sharon.jpg

???
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:15 pm
Wink


I haven't found a google image photo of fonts that we've mentioned, or that the article mentioned, all on one image.

Did find this font site, with some I'd not seen before and find interesting -
http://www.fontage.com/
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TTH
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:25 pm
I like Geneva, Times and New York (not in any particular order)
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old europe
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:35 pm
It's interesting that they all named a serif font as their favourite one. Guess it makes sense when you're typing a lot, and have to re-read it lotsa times...

Personally, I really like the idea of the Futura, that Bauhaus font that only uses basic geometrical shapes like perfect circles, triangles and squares instead of intrinsically curved, uhm, curves:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b5/FuturaSP.png/250px-FuturaSP.png

It's really amazing how he did that, considering that you usually have to twist and manipulate so much in order to arrive at a working, readable font. Like, make the curves of an "O" go higher and lower than the highest and lowest point of an "N", for example, to make them look the same height. Amazing.

(Oh, and I just found out that the historical plaque left on the moon by Apollo 11 is set in Futura. Way cool.)
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old europe
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:36 pm
I mean, imagine, you're a typeface designer, and your font gets used for this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/aa/A11.plaque.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:38 pm
I can see liking the Futura...
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:42 pm
Yeah, if Bodoni could only see fonts now...



I missed seeing Bodoni's quarters (whatever they call them) - ah, I googled, it's the Bodoni Museum - in the Palazzo Pilotta in Parma, would have liked to. Ran out of time, stuck in post office line instead.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:43 pm
Well, if it's for fun, I'd definitely look around.

But for work and typing I can't be bothered. It has to be something 'not flashy'- which would be seen unprofessional, something that i know everyone can open and will see it the same.... hence Times New Roman.

...for poetry though I kinda like Verdana or something similar. Like a rounder Arial kinda font.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:47 pm
We had Palatino for our gallery font - it fit our self image of, urgggh, a certain quiet elegance. (I'd liked Palatino even before the gallery). But I don't like only the serif fonts...
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old europe
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:51 pm
Ah, that's interesting...! Do you see Times New Roman as less flashy than the non serif fonts? Would you say that using Verdana is seen as unprofessional?
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:55 pm
I used to type everything in Georgia, but these days I pretty much type everything in Arizona.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:55 pm
Verdana seems innocuous to me...

http://www.will-harris.com/webtype/verdana.gif
from www.will-harris.com
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:56 pm
So, Tico, is is getting warm there yet?
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:57 pm
Yes, I would not use Verdana at work.

Only Times or Arial (grudgingly. Not if I can help it.)
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 09:59 pm
ossobuco wrote:
So, Tico, is is getting warm there yet?


A bit ... but it's a dry heat.

It's really not bad at all (yet). It's been hovering around 100, but it really doesn't feel hot at all, because it's not humid. I'm told it doesn't really start to feel hot until it gets around 115 for several days straight. Looking forward to that.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 10:01 pm
well, this is a lot bolder and bigger than I'm used to, but Palatino -

http://www.identifont.com/samples/linotype/Palatino.gif
from www.identifont.com


Arial has always sort of annoyed me, will have to look at it again to see if I can say why. (Whereas I like Futura and Verdana).
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Fri 25 May, 2007 10:02 pm
Yes, arial annoys me too.

Palatino looks better.
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