RE: Fonts?

Subject: RE: Fonts?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 11:46:54 -0700

Quoting "Wright, Lynne" <lwright -at- positron911 -dot- com>:

> However, you can obsess about fonts and tweak your typography ad infinitum,

Of course, there's different degrees of obsessions. To some people on this list,
any thought about fonts whatsoever is obsessive. The discussion here is about
simple font selection. I doubt that most people on the list would go much beyond

>only another anally-obsessive typomaniac is likely to notice most of the
> subtleties.

Nor should they. If ordinary readers notice the font, then it's probably a poor

> The other good thing about sticking with the standardsis that they are safe
> and more or less eternal... you don't run the risk of looking out of date by
> using the currently-trendy font that may make your design look passe.

This sounds good, but what is "eternal" - twenty years? If you remember, one
reason why the memo about George Bush's National Guard service came under
suspicion was that it was set in Times - a font that wasn't much in use around
1970, although some typewriters did, apparently, use it.

Bruce Byfield


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