Re: Fonts used in print

Subject: Re: Fonts used in print
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 12:31:17 -0800

JB Foster wrote:

I don't think I could stomach a book set in sans-serif; although short
sentences, such as instructions, make it ok to read. On the other hand, I
wouldn't go and set the text for 'warnings' in serif, either!

I think it very much depends on the individual sans serif. A book could
easily be set in Gill Sans, for example, but not Futura.

I did use Stone Sans for a manual once. However, that decision was very
much based on branding; a sans serif body text simply looks more modern
(although it has done so for over seventy years, which makes this
particular avant-garde look a little thread-bare). It worked, but
probably because, as you say, the sentences were fairly short.

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

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