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Old May 4, 2005, 10:33 PM   #1
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Favorite Font(s)

I di some searching to make sure that this wasn't a repost, and the only thread that I found was this one. It was in the archives, so I figured that I would start a new one, as I have always been curious about what fonts people use when they write papers and what not.

Personally, I prefer Garamond...
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Old May 4, 2005, 10:37 PM   #2
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Well I am a windows user and love the font in the Finder bar in Macs...

But I like Myriad Pro, Lucida MAC, Lucida Grande, Eyechart, and Trebuchet MS.
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Old May 4, 2005, 11:24 PM   #3
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Serif - Garamond Pro
Sans - Myriad Pro

On windows (or... stuff I need to be compatable)
I use Century Gothic for excel and garamond regular (yuck, but eh) for word. Century Gothic is less readible than arial, but at least it's stock with windows and I think the little boy has charm.

Lucida Grande is on my fallen fonts list. It used to be my favorite. Now I sorta avoid it.... except that I use it as my first choice font in all my web papges.
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Old May 4, 2005, 11:27 PM   #4
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Definitely Georgia. I love Georgia for normal fonts, and then I have a special fondness for Papyrus.
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Old May 5, 2005, 12:02 AM   #6
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Verdana at small sizes

and

Garamond at Large Sizes

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i love helvetica or didot--not sure if the last one's from iwork?
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Old May 5, 2005, 01:13 AM   #8
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For websites I tend to use verdana.

For stylistic things, I like papyrus and dark empire.
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Old May 5, 2005, 03:29 AM   #9
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For the main body of text I like Univers, Rotis Sans or Frutiger.

Also, at the moment I have a slight Clarendon obsession.
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Old May 5, 2005, 04:15 AM   #10
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My current favorite:

Berthold Cosmos. Cool font.

I also love Myriad Pro: but do not use it; it's EVERYWHERE since Apple adopted it.

Just like Apple Garamond before that....

Oh well: most Graphics professionals follow Apple I suppose.

My friend created a font I use quite a bit: it's a form of Stone and it is very pretty.
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Old May 5, 2005, 04:47 AM   #11
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I have a sans font which I like best for both print and screen: Skia
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Old May 5, 2005, 05:56 AM   #12
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I'm very much a fan of clean san-serifs, such as Helvetica, Univers (55 and 65), Avant Garde and Akzidenz Grotesk.

When it comes to serifs, well Bembo is probably my favourite, clean and elegant, and nicely weighted.
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Old May 5, 2005, 06:00 AM   #13
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I have dreams at night about Geneva. It's off in the distance (9 point) in white with a simple blue background (kind of similar to the Panther Aqua desktop I suppose.) It calls out to me... "mad jew, mad jew..." and then it's voice trails off into the distance. It's a very disconcerting dream. I think I'm in love.
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I'm no designer, but do take quite a bit of interest in typography. (To the point where at the moment, my entertainment on the bus is looking at shop signs and seeing if I know the name of the font…)

Anyway, my favourites are attached (Optima, Apple Garamond Light, Skia, Futura.)
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As someone who works with fonts and deals with fonts, including other peoples fonts, just let me say that I hate them with the blinding white heat of a thousand suns. They are the bane of my existence. I have seen atrocities on typesetting caused by fonts. Gratuitous ligatures with poor kerning around them causing the read to come to a full stop mid word.

I have seen bastardized Helvetica's that claimed to be normal Helvetica, same name, same foundry, same id, radically different kerning. Indistinguishable in the software.

I've seen machines with 4 versions of Helvetica and which one you got was the luck of the draw.

Every time I hear "Its only Helvetica" I want to kill someone.

Then there are all the little specialized fonts. What do you mean you don't have ITC Franklin Belbo Gothic Extra Semi-Bold Oblique?

The closest thing there is to a font that I like is Monaco.
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Old May 5, 2005, 08:16 AM   #16
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Two words: Comic Sans. (: Hahahaha...just kidding.

Seriously though, I'd have to say my personal favorite is Eurostile Extended #2. I don't like it as much as I used to, but nothing else better comes to mind, so I'll just stick with it.

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotyp...mac-t1/112081/
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Myriad Pro Semi-Bold

Franklin Gothic

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Old May 5, 2005, 08:36 AM   #18
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Skia
Avenir

are two of my favorites right now - but it changes.

Most of the time its a san serif, though

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Old May 5, 2005, 09:25 AM   #19
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I am probably talking out my butt, so take this with a grain of salt.
Technically you are talking about Typefaces.
Fonts are the different styles within each typeface (bold, italics, condensed...).


I was a heavy user of the Helvetica typeface, especially the Helvetica condensed family.
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My favorite typeface that I actually use is Futura. My overall favorite, which I don't actually use because it costs so damn much, is Meta (which Trebuchet MS resembles). Some of the new Microsoft fonts (Segoe, etc.) look really nice, too.
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Two words: Comic Sans. (: Hahahaha...just kidding.
May I point you in the direction of this site.

Personally, you can't go wrong with Gill. And there's nothing nicer than a lowercase Baskerville 'g'...
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May I point you in the direction of this site.
Priceless...

I want one of those t-shirts...
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May I point you in the direction of this site.
I love that site! I've been meaning to order a shirt or something, but I haven't gotten around to it. Someday...
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Old May 6, 2005, 03:36 AM   #24
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Interstate Black Condensed and Interstate Bold Condensed have really grown on me. We use them at work. For a serif font, Globe Madison Light is nice.
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Quick question

I should put this in the Web Design forum, but this is close enough to this topic.

From what I understand there are only a limited amount of fonts that can be used in web browsers. So why is it that I (and others here) can use other fonts that are the typical "web fonts"?

Like Century Gothic isn't a typical "web font" (at least I don't think it is). So could you code in the HTML any font you want and if that person has that font on their system it can be viewed?
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