Font recommendation needed

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by motulist, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. motulist macrumors 68040

    motulist

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    I'm looking for a professional looking letter-writing font that's similar to, but better than, Times New Roman. I like times new roman, but I remember going through all the fonts in my system one day and finding some that looked even better and more legible, but of course I never wrote down their names.

    So, which fonts are like times new roman, but better?
     
  2. manram macrumors newbie

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    Arial, Helvetica, Myriad Pro (Apple uses this, I'm pretty sure)

    Those are the ones that I use.
     
  3. motulist thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Arial and helvetica are nothing like times new roman, they don't even have serifs! And myriad pro isn't installed with leopard. I do appreciate you trying to help, but you've totally missed the mark on this one.

    EDIT: perhaps you were misled by my not mentioning my intended purpose. I'm looking for a font for professional letter writing. I've added this to my original post.
     
  4. manram macrumors newbie

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    Oh sorry on this one. I thought you wanted fonts that were better than Times. Sorry about that. I guess my eyes are going.
     
  5. Str8edgepunker macrumors 6502

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    Erm, no offense to you manram but all of the fonts you stated above are Sans-Serif fonts. Times New Roman is a Serif font. Also, Apple uses Lucida Grande in Mac OS X.

    Honestly, this would be a question better asked in the Design and Graphics forum rather than this one. And try Sabon, Minion Pro or Garamond when you get the chance.

    Edit: Oh good, I see it got moved. Thanks!
     
  6. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for Garamond from me. Also: New Century Schoolbook, which is slightly spikier than Times, or Bookman, which is easier on the eye and absolutely lovely in italic.

    Cheers

    Jim
     
  7. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    agree on garamond

    it might also be worth looking at
    cambria - another ms office (word) default (headings)
    calibri - its the default (body) ms office (word) font now iirc
    arno pro - loads of different weights
    maiandra gd
    Palatino Linotype
    Kozuka Mincho Pro - loads of different weights here too
     
  8. ezkimo macrumors regular

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    Garamond is not a good choice. It's rather repulsive.

    "Garamond looks like a typeface with bell bottoms. All the proportions are wrong and when it bends down, you can see its butt cheeks.” Erik Spiekermann
     
  9. motulist thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hah, I'm far from a font expert, but I too looked at garamond and felt that it was ugly, even though I couldn't say why.
     
  10. bbeers macrumors regular

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    I have always liked Minion Pro

    and Garamond Pro is not bad, but might not fit your needs.

    Brendan
     
  11. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    In your opinion.

    I particularly like Garamond Narrow (as did Apple for many, many years) which looks entirely lovely when coupled with a leading value of 1.5-2x the point size.

    YMM, obviously, V.

    Cheers

    Jim
     
  12. ezkimo macrumors regular

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    You're right in that there are some variants that are nicer looking.

    ITC Garamond, which is one of the more popular variants, was designed in the 70's and looks it. It's a dated and bastardized version of the original and is, as far as I'm aware, generally considered a fairly nasty iteration. There's a reason Apple dropped Garamond. As I said, there are variants that are better looking but overall many designers I know think Garamond as a whole is not the best selection.
     
  13. usclaneyj macrumors regular

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    As others have stated, Minion Pro. I believe it's a system font so you should already have it, and it's got similar enough proportions to Times New Roman, but it flows with more ease and elegance.
     
  14. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    My recommendations would be:

    - Adobe Carlson PRO
    - Adobe Garamond PRO
    - BodoniXT
    - Cardo (free font)
    - Hoefler
    - Minion Pro
    - Palatino
     
  15. Melrose macrumors 604

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    Second for Adobe Caslon Pro - that's a very classy looking serif font.

    I like Riven - it's on the free sites - it's slim, slender, graceful - you just have to swap out the capital V with something similar (more's the pity).
     
  16. klymr macrumors 65816

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    If you are going to quote Spiekerman, at least quote the entire thing. What he really said was, "ITC Garamond looks like a typeface with bell bottoms." ITC Garamond was introduced in the 1970s. The original Garamond was designed sometime in the late 1400s to early 1600s. There is some debate about who the true designer was by what I've read. I'm a fan of the Adobe Garamond Pro myself. Beautiful typeface in my opinion.
     
  17. ezkimo macrumors regular

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    If you read my second post I referenced that fact and said there were nicer looking variations, such as Adobe Garamond.
     
  18. klymr macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, it was late and I'll admit I didn't read all the posts carefully.
     
  19. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    I like Riven... But hate the V...
     
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    +1 for Arno Pro. Can't get enough of that typeface.
     
  22. Melrose macrumors 604

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    I hear you. I wish I had one of type making apps I'd fix it (for my own use, of course)
     
  23. bsheridan macrumors 6502

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    I find Bookman Old Style is easy on the eyes
    (+ its free with MS office!)
     
  24. Purple Puppy macrumors newbie

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    Garamond is good. Personally I like the variant known as Adobe Garamond Pro (comes with adobe software).

    As of now, the serif font I regularly use is Warnock Pro, but that too is a commercial Adobe font (and doesn't come with adobe software... purchased separately).

    Some nice fonts include:

    Hoefler Text (famously used to typeset "Wikipedia" on the wikipedia logo)
    Palatino (or Book Antiqua... which is based on Palatino)
    Minion Pro
    Caslon Pro
    Baskerville (famously used to typeset the "Canada" wordmark)

    Other nice fonts in MS Office 2007/2008 include:

    Constantia
    Cambria

    An excellent free font would also be Computer Modern - it is the font used in LaTeX, and is released freely under the LaTeX license.

    Have fun choosing typefaces.
     

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