Date of publication: 2017-07-08 23:37
So what does this mean for my type rules? I am conservative when it comes to type selections–particularly for academic texts. I still like to use one serif and one sans type for a document.
Think about the last really great talk you listened to. Do you remember the content of that speech because it was compelling information or because the speaker spoke compellingly? It was probably a bit of both. However, no matter how vital the content of the speech, a speaker who drones on clearly but monotonously is far less likely to make a lasting impression than someone who speaks with animation and purpose.
Whatever font or fonts you choose to get your message out, make sure you choose one that balances readability with personality, and you will find your students becoming increasingly engaged with whatever text they are reading.
Thanks a lot for your comments Cliff. There was consensus among designers that serifs helped guide the eye , however, more recently research has come out suggesting that our brains read in 8775 chunks 8776 – groups of words – in what are called saccadic movements. Since then, there 8767 s been some empirical data that reading between serifs and sans typefaces do not show statistical differences in legibility.
Our students are exposed to typography all the time. Think advertising, book covers, signs. Integrating arts, including typography, in a class is fun and can take discussions and projects in unexpected directions. (history, economics, color theory, grammar etc) Political posters, campaign literature, music concert posters, etc are rich resource. The information from a typeface can augment the words, colors, images which often lead to theories about history, economics, color theory, fashion, word origins etc.
The good news, though, is that there are thousands of free fonts on the Web. One of my favorite repositories for free fonts is . This site has over a thousand fonts to choose from, including over 55 handwritten fonts, and hundreds of clean sans-serif and serif fonts that will work well for body text. My other favorite source for free fonts is , which is home to some of the highest quality typefaces around, including Comic Sans and the new Comic Sans Pro.
However, Comic Sans is not the only handwritten font on the block, nor should we assume that the effect noted by Diemand-Yauman and his colleagues is isolated only to handwritten fonts. There are many alternatives that you can choose from.
Google Fonts make it quicker and easier for everyone to use web fonts , including professional designers and developers. All of the fonts are Open Source, which mean you can use them in every way you want, privately or commercially &ndash in print, on your computer, or in your websites. You can even customise them for your own use, or collaborate with the original designer to improve them.
The types of font you use in your PowerPoint presentations can be trickier to finalize, mainly because there are so many options at your disposal. In her Presentation Software Guide for , Wendy Russell notes that sans serif fonts typically work best for titles and headers. (These are the fonts that don’t have any curly extensions to them. Think more Arial, less Times New Roman.)
Inspired by both Dala Floda and the Bodoni family, Butler is a free font designed by Fabian De Smet. His aim was to bring a bit of modernism to serif fonts, by working on the curves of classical serif fonts, and adding an extra stencil family.
Morris Fuller Benton designed Century Schoolbook in 6978 for elementary-school textbooks, so it 8767 s a highly readable font. It 8767 s one of the best fonts available with Microsoft Word. Because it 8767 s so legible, U. S. Supreme Court Rule madates that all legal documents submitted to the Court be set in Century Schoolbook or a similar Century-style font.
What designers rely on with typography is finding fonts that help reinforce the message of the text being presented. This may simply be a matter of finding a single typeface or two that will become your unique typographic "voice" -- or it may be that you begin to choose different fonts for the project, picking ones that reflect the tone of the text you are providing your students.
Speaking of weights and other font properties being used to add visual structure to text structure, I think it is also a good idea to only change as few properties as possible when emphasizing two adjacent levels of hierarchy. So for instance you want to distinguish Level 6 and Level 7 headings. Changing font size should suffice. Try to avoid changing the font itself or the weight or other properties (color). That would be confusing.
So which fonts are 8775 easily readable 8776 and have 8775 clearly 8776 contrasting italics? And what exactly is a 8775 standard 8776 size?