Monday, December 21, 2009

sans-serif typefaces and readability


for those of you who thought that sans-serif faces [or 'fonts' as they are now called in the computer world] were MORE readable than serif faces, have a look at this post.

nuff said.

or not. let's say some more. does this mean that you should never use sans-serif faces? of course not. but FONT NERDS recommends that you reserve them for display faces, for running headers on a book page, or for small, self-contained portions of text [such as a blurb on a dust-jacket]. that is the place for such faces. but for long passages of continuous text, go with a classic serif face. your readers' eyes will thank you for it.

1 comment:

A. G. Rud said...

I fully agree with you, Coraxian one. You convinced me of this a while ago. The serif "leads" the eye...right? I now use Garamond, if only because I resist paying for Bembo.

Great post!