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Old 07-21-2010, 08:38 AM   #1
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Thought some here would enjoy this article from BBC News Magazine on-line: “Do typefaces really matter?

   
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:33 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting this. Very enjoyable, indeed.
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:13 PM   #3
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"But Jonathan Barnbrook, founder of the website Virus Fonts, believes ..."

Dude. You'd give your business a name like that and still think I'd care what you believe???

Interesting read though. Him notwithstanding.

   
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"Helvetica is a cheap, nasty, supermarket brand made of water, substitutes and vegetable fats. The texture is wrong and it leaves a little bit of a funny aftertaste."


I've always thought that Helvetica was "Times New Roman" for designers. In other words, the default font when they didn't want to make a decision about fonts.

I love all the comments on the article saying "Arial is clear and professional". Arial is at best, a poor man's Helvetica.

Mind you, the BBC's new web design is appalling! And the Magazine section typically has such insights as "Red or Blue: which one is better?".
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:15 AM   #5
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>> I've always thought that Helvetica was "Times New Roman" for designers. In other words, the default font when they didn't want to make a decision about fonts.

We must share genetic material. Same here.

But calling Times New Roman a default typeface for many operating systems? Wrongness. The default typeface for many word processing and other computer programs? That I'll buy.

   
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:03 PM   #6
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There is quite a good article on typography at Microsoft by Gregory Hitchcock and colleagues on reproducing typefaces on computer screens; it's here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/fontblog/arc...ypography.aspx

It ties in with to some extent with 'Why typefaces and good typography really matter'.

   
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But where on earth did they get 'Neue Helvetica' from? It's always been 'Helvetica Neue' to my knowledge.

   
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That's another article, Ann. "Do typos really matter?"

Then we can do some kind of Web 2.0 mashup thingie and have "Do typo's really care what typeface their in?"

   
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:42 AM   #9
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I thought this an odd statement from anyone:

"Some people find serif best because, like handwriting, it helps the eye to link the letters," Ms Strawson says. "With sans each character is completely separate, there's more white space which is why some find it more readable."

if only because I would have thought one of the essential characteristic of handwriting was we tend to link our letters

"Some people find serif best because, like handwriting, it helps the eye to link the letters," Ms Strawson says. "With sans each character is completely separate, there's more white space which is why some find it more readable."

I changed the font size from 2 to 3 to get a more equivalent vizual appearance.

   
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Handwriting is linked for speed of creation, not consumption. I find that most script faces have lower legibility than either serif or sans.

My take is that serifs are most readable in print, where they are properly created. But online, where resolutions are much lower, serifs are clunky and distracting, so online sans works best.

Space between letters is a factor in legibility as well, but not one that can be thought as gospel. Adding a certain amount of space can improve word recognition, but after a certain point it will cause the legibility to drop off.
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