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Postby marshlight » Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:37 pm UTC

I thought for sure there would already be a thread about this, but I couldn't find one...

Anyhow, I have to give a big fancy-shmancy presentation for work on Friday, and I have the powerpoint all laid out (more or less) but it's all in Arial. Which is fine, I suppose, but it's a bit boring looking.

...whoa, just had a crazy rush of deja-vu for some reason.

Anyhow, I was wondering if there were any other lesser known, professional, easy to read, cool options.

Barring that, favorite fonts? I've seen quite a few people around the internet dislike/profess love for some such things and I wasn't aware it was all that big a deal, but maybe it is. Thoughts?
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:42 pm UTC

Maiandra GD, Trebuchet, and ... i think it's called "Viner Hand ITC" or something like that. those are my 4 favs. Those are all Windows Fonts though.

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Postby Shizo » Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:42 pm UTC

My favourite font is a groovy-stereotypical-70's font. I wouldn't use it on a Powerpoint or anything important, though.

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Postby marshlight » Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:55 pm UTC

Maiandra GD is nice! I never would have thought to use it without the suggestion. Cool.

When I was younger I really liked Jester, although I can't seem to find that on my work computer at the moment. I will have to do some searching.
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Postby Ketzerei » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:12 pm UTC

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Postby notallama » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:14 pm UTC

plantin, i guess.

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Postby d3adf001 » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:15 pm UTC

comic sans

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Postby oxoiron » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:20 pm UTC

Don't let anyone at my job hear you mention comic sans as a favorite. They get all uptight if someone uses it in a presentation. Apparently it is not "professional" enough.
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Postby Kawa » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:30 pm UTC

I'm pretty anti-Comic Sans too. Verdana's good for presentations. In general, the more boring the font, the better for presentations. For fun applications, dafont.com is your friend.
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Postby nyeguy » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:29 pm UTC

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It makes a good title font.

Edit: now that I look at the image better, it didn't render very nicely, but it looks better than that.

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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:30 pm UTC

marshlight wrote:Maiandra GD is nice! I never would have thought to use it without the suggestion. Cool.

When I was younger I really liked Jester, although I can't seem to find that on my work computer at the moment. I will have to do some searching.


I know! i was searching for a slightly curvy style that was easy to read and clean, but not like boring, and that's the best one i found. ^^;

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Postby Dibley » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:15 pm UTC

I have a slight fondness for Trebuchet, but my true loves are Optima and AMS Euler. Hermann Zapf is my hero. I also like just about anything Uncial, and also like the Italics. Blackletter and it's ilk should only be used for specific purposes, like faux Germanic stuff. It's damn near unreadable, especially considering the lack of connection between minims. Obnoxious typographers were known to write mimi numinum niuium minimi munium nimium uini muniminum imminui uiui minimum uolunt which rendered as a maze of twisty little vertical lines, all alike.

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Postby Jesse » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:19 pm UTC

I like Times New Roman and Verdana myself. Old school like that.

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Postby Memo » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:20 pm UTC

Tahoma and lately, Calibri.

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Postby lukkucairi » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:28 pm UTC

Modern No. 20

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Postby fjafjan » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:46 pm UTC

d3adf001 wrote:comic sans


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Postby parkaboy » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:55 pm UTC

the front that Serial Experiments: Lain is written in - called Loveletter Typewriter or something like that.

also, Goudy
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Postby Sandry » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:08 pm UTC

Garamond and Calisto are my favourites. I kind of dislike sans-serif fonts, unless they're totally necessary for clarity.

(I do admit a small part of my love for these fonts is their names, but mostly it's that they're fairly practical and work-friendly while still being aesthetically pleasing.)
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Postby Ketzerei » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:09 pm UTC

apocralypse wrote:the front that Serial Experiments: Lain is written in - called Loveletter Typewriter or something like that.

also, Goudy


I had no idea there was an available font of that.

You have just made my day.

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Postby Hammer » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:12 pm UTC

I've never understood the Comic Sans hatefest. I like it for informal friendly looking text that still needs to be readable. I wouldn't use it for a corporate application, but I don't get why it needs to be scourged from the planet.
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Postby Jacque » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:53 pm UTC

Helvetica.

Which is why I'm all a twitter about the new Helvetica movie.

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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:24 am UTC

Ketzerei wrote:
apocralypse wrote:the front that Serial Experiments: Lain is written in - called Loveletter Typewriter or something like that.

also, Goudy


I had no idea there was an available font of that.

You have just made my day.



Ditto

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Postby haveblue » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:52 am UTC

Courier New, baby. In hot pink.
Also, calibri is pretty nice.
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Postby oxoiron » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:54 am UTC

I don't hate comic sans, but most of the people in my lab do. Every now and then, somebody will use it when presenting data informally, and I have to admit, it looks pretty bad when it shows up as labels in a spectrum or something like that.
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Postby djn » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:06 am UTC

Optima is beautiful indeed. However, I have a weak spot in my heart for handmade bitmap fonts of the "all lines are 1px thick"-variety. Writing code in one of those imbues it with a certain style.
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Postby Mittins » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:12 am UTC

Century Schoolbook because of the memories.

I have many beloved fonts - typesetting is an interest of mine.

EDIT: Also Monospace size 10 in green because I stare at it a lot :)
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Postby Ren » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:33 am UTC

haveblue wrote:Courier New, baby.


YES. I use Courier New all the time. I think it's a leftover from grade nine typing class.
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Postby Pero » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:44 am UTC

Jacque wrote:Helvetica.


Win.

Also: Helvetica Neue. I prefer the light and ultra-light versions.

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Postby The Sleeping Tyrant » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:54 am UTC

Courier New.

I like that it's simple. More importantly, that it's a monospaced font.

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Postby haveblue » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:58 am UTC

Based on the listed locations of everyone in this thread, I feel compelled to assume that all Canadians like monospaced fonts, particularly Courier New.
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:55 am UTC

I pretty much just use boring old Times New Roman for schoolwork, and Comic Sans MS when doing up birthday cards in Print Shop 15. I NEVER use Arial, as long as I have a choice.
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Postby fjafjan » Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:56 am UTC

Hammer wrote:I've never understood the Comic Sans hatefest. I like it for informal friendly looking text that still needs to be readable. I wouldn't use it for a corporate application, but I don't get why it needs to be scourged from the planet.

Personally I don't really hate it I just find that comic utterly hillarious. Ofcourse it's funnier if you also read Achewood, but none the less, funny.
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Postby d3adf001 » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:07 am UTC

actually in reality i like 120dpi san serif and for fixed font i like monospace and for my fb i use whatever the defauly 8x16 is

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Postby Kawa » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:18 am UTC

Oh, I forgot to mention DPMono2, which is a font specifically made for Distributed Proofreading. It's so bizarre it's awesome.
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:19 am UTC

Gentium, Code2000, LeedsUni, and Junicode.
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Postby parkaboy » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:21 am UTC

Ketzerei wrote:
apocralypse wrote:the front that Serial Experiments: Lain is written in - called Loveletter Typewriter or something like that.

also, Goudy


I had no idea there was an available font of that.

You have just made my day.


yeah. the only downside is that punctuation beyond your basics is non-existent. hyphens, underscores, i think even a semi-colon may be asking too much of this font.
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Postby meta » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:25 am UTC

Jacque wrote:Helvetica.

Which is why I'm all a twitter about the new Helvetica movie.

I went to the Montreal premiere of this a few months ago, and it filled me with so much glee!

Not only was the movie superbly well-done, but there were a few people in the audience who showed up wearing Arial tshirts; during the director's Q&A session at the end, Gary Hustwit gave them a shoutout and assured us that the Comic Sans crew had been stopped at the door. Much nerdy giggling ensued.

My favourite fonts: I'm rather fond of Univers and, yes, Helvetica. Gulim is also a nice contemporary sans serif; I blame Apple for slanting my aesthetic preferences towards the rounded and minimal. Garamond is my favourite serif, and Monaco is probably my favourite fixed-width.

I'd like to take this opportunity to express my loathing for Curlz MT.

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Postby Emmaskillz » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:51 am UTC

I hate helvetica. Mostly because it's the default font in Appleworks which we were forced to use for four years and I just grew to dislike it. I used american typewriter for most of my school documents until I started IB and times new roman is required.

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Postby kcr » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:56 am UTC

d3adf001 wrote:comic sans

NOooooo this font kills my soul.

I'm fond of Georgia. And I downloaded a font called Embossing Tape that looks like.. embossing tape. Or those label makers that punch down stuff. I like it but it's not really suitable for most things.

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Postby recurve boy » Tue Aug 14, 2007 4:19 am UTC

Jacque wrote:Helvetica.

Which is why I'm all a twitter about the new Helvetica movie.


Best font ever. It's weird, even before I knew anything about typography, something about Arial always bugged me.


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