Archive for the 'Typeface of the Week' Category

Courier was designed by Howard Kettler in 1955, as a commission for IBM. Kettler originally planned to call the typeface “Messenger,” but showing his true typographer stripes, went with the name he thought displayed the advantages of his typeface. According to Tom Vanderbilt, Kettler explained his choice, saying “A letter can be just an ordinary […]

Century Gothic is a light, round Sans Serif typeface designed in 1991 for Monotype Imaging. It is a geometric Sans Serif, with similar curves, repeated across character for increased consistency.  The type designers were based on Sol Hess’s Twentieth Century, but Century Gothic has a larger x-height. According to Wikipedia, Century Gothic is actually closer […]

Typeface of the Week: Garamond—The elegant typeface that lives and saves trees!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 28th, 2011

Garamond is not a single typeface. Rather, Garamond is group of typefaces inspired and derived/revived from the work of punch-cutters Claude Garamond in ~1530 (according to and Jean Jannon a century later. While the typeface is named after Garamond, the face is closer to Jannon’s typefaces than Garamond’s (here is an image of Garamond’s […]

Tip of the day: Use Verdana for screen text—especially small screen text

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 15th, 2011

Verdana is a great typeface for screen use, and it works especially well in small sizes and on small screens.  Verdana was actually designed to be highly readable and legible on computer screens. In fact, as it was particularly designed to have high readability is small sizes, it is a wise choice for any screen […]

Typeface of the Week: Verdana–a “verdant” choice for screen text!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 14th, 2011

Like its younger sister typeface Georgia, Verdana was designed by award-winning type designer Matthew Carter. Carter created Verdana for “maximum readability at small sizes on the screen” according to Virginia Howlett (the “mother of Verdana” who spearheaded the project to develop Verdana). The sans serif typeface  was made readable at smaller screen sizes with high […]

As I say in the Typeface of the week discussion on Arial, Microsoft added Arial in 1992 to their operating system and since the typeface has been used as a default sans serif. As such, it has the same overuse problems as Times New Roman. In addition, many typographers or typography lovers see Arial as […]

Typeface of the Week: Georgia on my mind… for web design

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 7th, 2011

Georgia was designed by award-winning type designer Matthew Carter. Carter created Georgia as a screen typeface, and it is quite readable on screen with high x-heights and wider characters.  Georgia was designed to go with one of Carter’s earlier screen typeface, Verdana, a sans serif typeface.  Carter created Verdana and Georgia for Microsoft, and Georgia […]

Typeface of the Week: Arial—A common mimic

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 30th, 2011

Arial is a child of the licensing restriction “wars” of the 1980s. Adobe had the very popular Helvetica under a Type-1 format and were not sharing at the level others wanted. So, Arial was created by Monotype (a font foundry) as an alternative and easy substitute because it was the same width as Helvetica[1]. Visually, […]

Typeface of the Week: Times New Roman—Blend into the crowd

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 23rd, 2011

Times New Roman (TNR) was created by Victor Lardent on commission for the British newspaper The Times in 1931 and then used in the newspaper for 40 years[1]. TNR is used often as the body text in books printed in the USA. Microsoft used this as the default typefaces in many programs (like Word) for […]