Font choice is a key part of creating any document. Yes, good content is essential. But the way you communicate text is also an important thing to consider. Over the past few years, certain fonts have acquired a, let’s say “reputation,” for being basically awful. Either they’re overused, poorly made to begin with, or just ugly. But some people still use them, not realizing that they are committing a pretty bad design error. It’s fine to use a font all the time if it’s not dis
Last week I rambled at length about fonts appropriate for e-mails. The main requirements for e-mail are legibility and clarity, so you should use fonts like Tahoma and Verdana, which were designed specifically for screen viewing, with simple formatting. But what should you do when what you’re working on will be read on paper? This is where serif fonts come in. Tahoma and Verdana are sans-serif fonts (see this link for an explanation of serifs), which aren’t as visually pleasi
Fonts. Some people always go with the default, others stick to the same one for everything, others pick a different one for every occasion, and others are typography nerds with some absolute views on font usage. I belong to that last category. In my opinion (and that of most typographers), certain situations always call for a specific type of font and should not have any other kind. Unfortunately, not everyone is a lover of typography and some people make poor font decisions.