Well, I'm a bit of a font dork and I know there are more out there like me. I just wonder if there are any on this board obsessed enough to have a personal favorite. I find myself using Myriad (adobe default font) more and more over that past couple of years. I realize that probably makes me a bit of a hipster doofus, but you know, it just has so much more personality than a helvetica, ariel for PC users, which though it is a knock off, I submit that ariel is in fact superior to helvetica due to helvetica's silly looking curved leg on the capital "R". I mean seriously, curved?! I know this thing was made up over 50 years ago, but that had to look bad even then. Am I right here?
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You have seen the documentary "Helvetica"? Good movie, even for those who don't know their serifs from their san serifs.
I certainly enjoyed it. My wife would disagree with you however.
If you are a fan of san-serifs I would point you in the direction of Univers, Futura, Akzidenz-Grotesk... anything other than Arial. I think you are the first person I've ever heard proclaim Arial tops Helvetica.
And, Myriad and I have bad history... so I would have to disagree with you there as well.
But back to the original question, I don't have a favorite typeface. I do have a few fave foundries:
And Typographica is one of my type-related blogs: http://typographica.org/
FontFeed is great too: http://fontfeed.com/
And Typographica is one of my FAVE type-related blogs:
Can't use it everywhere, but it is an attention getter in a dignified manner.
I'm a font addict and I "own" over 10,000 fonts...LOL! I don't know that I have a "favorite", for fancy ones I like many of the 2Peas Fonts, but for most "common" stuff, I usually choose Comic Sans, I like the simple boldness of it!
Times New Roman or Courier? Really? Not much of a risk taker are you INeed Coffee!
holland: I can appreciate the artistic appeal of other fonts, but for what I do for a living getting a message across is more important than how something looks.
I like those fonts as they are easy on the eyes to read and somewhat a standard. :) Guess I have a different favorite font depending on the situation in which it's used.
Century Schoolbook L is nice, as well as URW Chancery L.
These are also for the english language. I have some favorites when it comes to Japanese writing.
When I see Courier or Times New Roman, my mind automatically registers " technologically behind the times" and I give the document short shrift. I don't like professional correspondence too "cutsey" either, that puts the document in the frivolous pile. So, for professional correspondence I really like Ariel. For professional advertising I use something from the Bauhaus set.
Ariel in Blue, helvetica in Red. I'm sorry, but Ariel takes this one.
Holland, it's not that TNR and Courier are behind the times, it is within the tradition of acceptable scholastic writing styles like APA, Chicago etc.
I was not going to touch this topic at first but you can't even spell its name right. Its Arial not Ariel...and I'm sorry better than Helvetica? I think if you knew even a little history about Helvetica you would not be saying Arial is better.
In my academic and journalistic work, I use Times New Roman out of convention. I put up with TNR, but I utterly detest Courier and Courier New, the other common "serious" fonts.
On my blog I use a lot of the sans-serif Verdana, which is a little easier on the eyes than those stark serif fonts.
For visual presentations like PowerPoint, I also stick with sans-serif, and I have been using a lot of Arial. I am also playing with Trebuchet MS for visuals (yeah, evil corporate font, but I'm a PC-slave).
Most of the time I use Georgia. Try it, you'll like it. When typing numerals though, some of them are drop down style, not linear.
I need a coffee, too.
Arial - so sorry. I still prefer to use it. It looks good even when I'm misspelling something, which unfortunately is more often than I like.
courier has one use - guitar tab - what is the feature called? monospacing? every letter takes the same amount of space - completely necessary for tab.
"I think if you knew even a little history about Helvetica you would not be saying Arial is better."
I know the history. It's still better.
True on the courier guitar tab. No other acceptable use though.
"Most of the time I use Georgia. Try it, you'll like it. When typing numerals though, some of them are drop down style, not linear."
Ah, yes! Georgia! I was recently doing a project and discovered that Georgia was just the perfect touch. Looks especially good when you are working with letters larger than 12-pt and/or bolded.
Most of the printed stuff I do, though, is just internal-type memo stuff -- borrrring -- and I stick with the default Times New Roman. Fine with me.
Ha ha. I saw that documentary, "Helvetica," and thought it was interesting, too. It sounds boring, but it was very well done.