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 14:35:08 -0800

Michael West wrote:

You may not like Arial because it is owned by
Microsoft. Bruce may not like Optima because
it is used in perfume ads.

It's not that I don't llike Optima. Considering it in isolation, I do. But I can't remember the last time I wrote about perfume - certainly not in this incarnation - and the social connotations aren't very appropriate for software or hardware.

Were I to ignore these connotations and use it any way, I'd run the risk of creating a subtle sense of wrongness in some readers. This sense would be a needless distraction, and would break the basic rule of classical typography: it would be calling attention to the typography at the expense of the content.

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

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