Sunday, June 03, 2007

Why did you use THAT font?

I've been noticing that Comic Sans seems to be a universally despised font. Personally I have nothing against it, except for the fact that a secretary we had used nothing but. She also used purple ink and purple sticky notes and saved a paper copy of every email her boss ever received. But that is another tale entirely.

Wichita State University has completed a study (too much free time, Wichita State?) which found that the font a person chooses sends a strong message about someone's personality.

Courier (and other mono-spaced fonts)implies dullness and lack of imagination.

Georgia and Times New Roman are associated with stability, maturity and formality.

People who chose Arial or Verdana (or other sans-Serif typefaces) were seen as professionals who wanted their readers to concentrate on content rather than personality.

When I first started blogging, I used Arial a lot,and then I got tired of it and now I alternate among Trebuchet, Times and sometimes Verdana, but only the small font size. Do not ask me why.

What font do you use most? Why did you chose that one?

And perhaps more tellingly, what font are you? Apparently I am Arial, and the quiz accused me of being normal. Who are you going to believe? Me or some quiz you've never even met?


Becky said...

That's interesting! I usually use Arial or Veranda... and yes, I do hate Comic sans with a passion (perhaps because teachers feel that they must always use that font) :)

Allison said...

Argh, I find comic sans very annoying, it started to surface at work, I'm starting a petition now ;)

Apparently I am Lucida Calligraphy - You tend towards the arts. You tend to stand out in a crowd and have your own style. Be careful not to be too aloof, however.

That actually makes sense, as I use Times New Roman, always, I think I just got into the habit from school, and then Lucida is the next one I use...of course on special occasions I forgo all font and just go with CAPS ;P

Font is kind of like handwriting, tells you something without really even trying.

justacoolcat said...

I think Arial is my default. I wonder if Wichita U came to the conclusion most fonts are rather dumb.

Serah said...

I usually leave the font in Times New Roman. There isn't much I have to do or send that requires panache.
When I make signs for originals footwear (the cool shoes) I like the Bauhaus font.
Which really points out that I am a geek! Seriously, I have a PacMan glass and a Transformers backpack.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

How professional of you, Becky! See that's what happens when you choose content over flash.
Why do the teachers all use Comic Sans I wonder? Do they think you are in grade 3?

Lucinda Calligraphy - that would make an awesome stage name, Al. That description of you certainly has some validity, maybe font choice IS the new handwriting analysis.
Another Comic Sans hater, interesting.

Arial is my default on word documents, JustA, I play around more on the blogger thing. Fonts are kinda dumb, aren't they? Why so many choices? Do you know how hard it is for me to make decisions? Pretty damn hard, that's how hard.

Aha, demonstrating your stability and maturity, are you, Serah? Although Bauhaus, now that's for fun stuff! I would probably buy shoes if they were advertised with a Bauhaus font.

Allison said...

I find comic sans too round, as it if trying too hard to be a fun font like, look at me, I'm pretty! Wow, clearly, I've thought too much about this :)

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Becky said...

Teachers do seem to think we're in grade 3. That is, in fact, their fave line for some of the kids in my class "you're acting like and 8 year old!"
For me, once a teacher uses Comic Sans he or she loses all credibility... it seems so cutesy. And I do so hate cutesy!

Evelyne said...

I really hate Comic Sans, and I'm glad that teachers are starting to use it less, but when they use it, I hate the lecture, staring at a PowerPoint presentation that uses only Comic Sans is boring.

I like Calibri for the main text and Cambria for titles, those are the 2 default fonts with Microsoft Word 2007. They aren't not special or anything but they are different.

Will said...

How funny ... we were having a conversation about fonts here. I guess I'm partial to the traditional "Times" ... I think "Times New Roman" was what we used in college to meet our page requirements. Incidentally, I was flipping through Bill O'Reilly's Culture Warrior in a bookstore this weekend and he was using the same tricks to make it long ... double spaced and big type.

Karen said...

Yikes! I actually like Comic Sans! Guess I'll have to limit my usage as so many people seem to dislike it... However, I don't use it at work. There (including emails both personal and professional) I use Times or Arial.

Have you heard about the documentary "Helvetica"? It sounds interesting...but then again, I'm a bit of a geek. And yes, it's about the font.

mellowlee said...

I'm ariel too! I usually use ariel or verdana.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is fascinating, Al, I never knew people felt so strongly about fonts. I love that this is the case!
Comic Sans is trying too hard, hehheh...

That's be a good comeback to the stop acting like an 8-year-old line, then, Becky: stop treating us like 8-year-olds with your Comic Sans.

One more Comic Sans hater, Evelyne! I don't know Calibri or Cambria, but shall have to check them out. It'll give me some more fonts from which I cannot choose.

Or maybe he was just gearing the book toward senior citizens, Will. You'd hope that his editor would cotton onto that trick pretty quickly. "Hey Bill, we said 300 pages single-spaced; get back there and add another 35 pages".

I remain neutral on Comic Sans, Karen, so you have an ally here.
I've not heard of that documentary, but it sounds like something I would actually enjoy, having some geek tendencies myself.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oops, missed you there, Mel. You cannot go wrong with Arial or Verdana. And it's nice to have another Ariel to hang with. "You are normal, but that's okay, because people like you".

Toccata said...

I took a math history class where we were required to write a 20 page paper. Rumor had it you needed at least 30 pages for an A. One of my friends fooled around with the different fonts and discovered there was one that could take 20 pages of normal font text and at the click of a button, poof you now had 30!

Toccata said...

p.s. Now I just need to find a button to click to correct my grammatical errors!

Joe said...

I use Times New Roman. The only other fonts I've ever paid attention to were Courier and Arial, and I just like TNR better.

But according to that quiz I'm Lucinda Calligraphy. I suppose if I ever became a drag performer that would be a good stage name.

mellowlee said...

Oh! I just remembered, I have this Tim Burton font that is so COOL. It's the same font they used in Nightmare Before Xmas. I luff it, but of course can't use it in day to day stuff.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You gotta love having smart and industrious friends like that, Toccata! And I'm assuming the prof never caught on? Sweet! (grammar-schmammar)

Bubs, in my experience,Times New Roman lovers REALLY love Times New Roman. They frown upon other font. Can't even imagine how Comic Sans would fare amongst you lot.
You would be completely awe-inspiring as Lucinda Calligraphy, I think.

Ooooh that sounds fun, Mel! You could use it at Hallowe'en!