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 14:30:57 -0800

JB Foster wrote:

One thing about this discussion: I have to say that my prejudices towards
sans serif have been somewhat reduced, considering that 70% of Europeans
prefer that style of type.

I don't want to sound pedantic - or to cause greater confusion - but that's not quite what the statistic said. 70% of professional publications in Europe used sans serif fonts about 12 years ago. What the general European public prefers, then or now, could be something quite different.

One last thing: I still don't know why I hate Arial, yet I like Helvetica;
especially if they are similar. Maybe it's a subconscious thing (like the
hatred - of all - that is Microsoft)? ;-)

Try typing a line twice, once in Arial, and then again in Helvetica at about 36 points. Examining them closely, you may be able to pinpoint the differences. I'm writing from Linux, and I don't have any version of Arial installed, but I seem to recall that Arial is much more rounded than Helvetica.

Possibly, Arial may also be more poorly designed. If you look at Helvetica objectively, it's actually a well-designed font. But I do think that it's been so over-used that few people will be able to use it well for the next decade or so.

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