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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What font to use...

For my book, I'm currently using Century Gothic, since it reminds me of the old D&D modules. However, I wasn't sure if anyone who's published would recommend something else. Something really easy to read. Not Times New Roman, since I don't want the book to look like a business document.

4 comments:

scottsz said...

I found this thread:
http://www.acaeum.com/forum/post-736.html
Which contained a link to a PDF. It threw up a warning when I clicked it, so I rehosted it here:
http://oldschooljump.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/tsr_wotc_fonts_faq.pdf
I didn't create the original page or PDF, but it's a nice font reference which might help.

Lord Gwydion said...

I've got a font from one of those 'thousands of free fonts' pages called Papyrus that I quite like. It's a thin font without much decoration, and I find it looks good visually, and is easy to read. I haven't used it for entire documents, but it's a nice font for headers or captions and the like. Depending on the look you're going for, it might work for the base text, too.

WV: scrotomi
Does this even need a punchline?

EKB said...

So, those are handy for cloning the look of the old modules. What if you wanted something else?

--For reading on-screen, I can't say enough good things about the Droid fonts that were developed for Android phones. The Sans face is a bit iffy for the italic IMO, but still pretty solid. The Lucida families also work well together and tend not to be visually intrusive. The older TSR font choices are pretty poor for screen use.

--Printing as the primary means of reproduction means that you need clear faces that aren't necessarily as "flat" as the ones I've recommended for on-screen. Again, I'd suggest Lucida and variants with the caveat of not using system bold for headings and using the bold font instead. I'm also a fan of the readability of the SIL fonts, especially Gentium.

Century Gothic does get tiring in long blocks of text, and none of us are getting younger... just sayin'

Dan said...

Thanks for the replies.