Favorite font?

  •   16.6% - Arial - 129
  •   3.7% - Arial Black - 29
  •   15.9% - Comic Sans MS - 124
  •   7.1% - Courier New - 55
  •   6.0% - Georgia - 47
  •   4.2% - Impact - 33
  •   5.9% - Times New Roman - 46
  •   8.2% - Trebuchet MS - 64
  •   32.6% - Verdana - 254

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  • Avatar of Nayala Nayala Apr 20, 2009 at 21:49 UTC - 0 likes

    I can sort of understand the anti-comic sans people, even if they are taking it overboard. The typeface has gotten over-used. But then again the same can be said of Arial the Helvetica wanna-be. ;) Font selection influences the perceived meaning and tone of text and a lot of times comic sans gets used in places where it is a bit jarring. Besides type setting is part of design which is mostly subjective so is something fun to get worked up over. Proper kerning, optical vs visual margins, widow and orphan lines, &c. so many little details that can drive us crazy when someone does them "wrong."

  • Avatar of JasperKazai JasperKazai Apr 20, 2009 at 21:07 UTC - 0 likes

    IMO - http://bancomicsans.com/!

    Heh, not really. I've just always thought that people who want to get a font banned are funny.

  • Avatar of HunterZ HunterZ Apr 20, 2009 at 19:44 UTC - 0 likes

    Arial Narrow or bust.

  • Avatar of Nayala Nayala Apr 20, 2009 at 19:34 UTC - 0 likes

    I picked Georgia (Scotch Roman) because it's my favorite of the listed ones.

    Arial (Neue Haas Grotesk / Helvetica), Comic Sans, Verdana, Trebuchet MS are all sans-serif fonts which I find a pain to read in sentances. It may be easier to read letters in san-serif fonts, but I find my eyes do not get as tired when reading large blocks of text with serifs. I find Trebuchet and Verdana particularly painful. I actually do like Helvetica in certain usages such as short blocks of text and when coding. I realize that sans-serif typefaces are the "in" style right now, but hopefully that's a passing phase like so many other fashion mistakes. Again with when someone is focused at the letters it's easy to see how the preference for sans-serifs developed but it is missing the wider picture.

    Arial Black / Impact - Heavier weight type should only be used for emphasis not normal body text. Arial Black is really just the black weight of Arial.

    Times New Roman - A pretty good font, but smaller x-height compare to Georgia, which gives Georgia a legibility advantage at smaller text sizes.

  • Avatar of Brimmstone Brimmstone Apr 20, 2009 at 19:26 UTC - 0 likes

    Consolas! Only one fixed-width font in the list and it's Courier New?

  • Avatar of Kallieen Kallieen Apr 20, 2009 at 19:12 UTC - 0 likes
    Found a new favorite recently (Thanks Nandini!) - Linux Libertine. Reworked my UI to use that family and I am loving it.
  • Avatar of Pneumatus Pneumatus Apr 20, 2009 at 18:59 UTC - 0 likes

    Had Calibri been listed, that would have been my choice.

  • Avatar of ckknight ckknight Apr 20, 2009 at 18:55 UTC - 0 likes

    Doing the CSS revamp for SkyrimForge and I just want people's advice on what fonts they like to see.

    I stuck to the web-safe fonts, but could theoretically abuse CSS3 (not supported by all browsers, but I don't care much for IE users) with http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-webfonts/

    @Dashkal: This is more for web-based fonts rather than coding fonts. For coding, I use ProFont X, which looks great on Mac OS X. On Windows, I use Consolas.

  • Avatar of Dashkal Dashkal Apr 20, 2009 at 18:55 UTC - 0 likes

    Joking aside, I'm a fan of DejaVu Sans Mono for coding. Inconsolata is good too, but never seems to show up well on windows.

  • Avatar of smariot smariot Apr 20, 2009 at 18:50 UTC - 0 likes

    Down with serifs!


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