Font Fight

I think pretty much any bookish geek I know (which is most of my acquaintance, come to think of it) will love this video. (Though I confess that I would normally be on Arial’s side, heehee!)

Thanks so much to Bit Rebels for posting this! And to College Humor before them.


    1. StephanieD says:

      Where was Courier or Times New Roman???

      “Increase your margins!” Ha!

      • Phyl says:

        Heehee! They actually appear in a video that the same people did just before that one: Font Conference. I tried to get the actual video to post here, but couldn’t manage it, so I’m going to have to post a link instead.

        Times New Roman and Courier play a very important role in that one.

    2. Mark Abbott says:

      You’re right, Phyl — Font Conference is just as funny!

      I was visiting an old friend and his husband a couple weekends ago and learned the husband started his career in layout and font design. The only thing I’ve ever read on fonts was a book published ~35 yrs ago by Warren Chappell, which I must send to him. Thanks for the post, which reminded me to look for it and send it along!

      As an amateur (in the strictest sense) of calligraphy and daily user of print fonts, I just love the great variety that’s now available to wordsmiths via computer technology, but my decided preferences (for ease of reading) lean toward lightly sculpted fonts with serifs, such as the Bookmans and Times New Roman. Especially on the computer screen, the uniform thickness and lack of serifs in typefaces such as Arial and Helvetica just seem to melt into invisibility for me — even with new (or fully up-to-date) glasses!

      But each to their own, I say. If I really really want to read something long that’s in a sans serif font of uniform thickness, I’ll save it to a Word file and put it into a font I enjoy.

      • Phyl says:

        I’ve heard that serifs are supposed to make things easier for people to read, so you fall right into that demographic. My own preference for on-screen reading is Arial, which I’ve also heard is often the case — it’s easier to read on-screen.

        I really detested Times New Roman until I printed out some sample chapters to send to an agent. I guess the standard for that sort of submission is that font. I expected to loathe what they’d look like when they were printed, but they actually looked great, to my surprise. I still find sans serif fonts more pleasant, myself, but I gave Times New Roman a pass after seeing how it looked with those chapters.]

        Until fairly recently, I had no idea that the history of fonts, of all things, could be so interesting!

    3. Mark Abbott says:

      Finally found the Warren Chappell book: _A Short History of the Printed Word_ (1970, New York Times imprint).

      In case anyone might wonder what I was referring to.

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