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Is anyone a font junkie? I'm showing signs of obsessiveness.

I think my favourite is probably Linotype Juliana:

I wish I could read any book I chose in that font. With print-on-demand technology and book vending machines, perhaps that dream is not as remote as it seems. I wish at any rate that I could find somewhere to buy Linotype Juliana for myself.

What about you? Any favourites? Just don't say Comic Sans...

I love fonts - that one is lovely.  I am a huge fan of Gill Sans, also quite like Garamond.  I do get quite excited and quite fussy about fonts!

Ooh this is a good subject I'm quite compulsive when it comes to fonts I love them, I actually like Comic Sans wait...hear me out on this one!! because and this is the ONLY reason, my son who is dyslexic finds it easier to read - so little tip for anyone with dyslexic children try comic sans font on your PC not promising anything but it worked for my son!!

Anyway I like the handwriting type fonts and use them quite a bit as I tend to write a lot of personal letters I do it on my PC as I can type quicker than I can write and I can save it and add bits etc but I want it to look personal so I like Bradley Hand or Lucida Handwriting. For official letters I normally go for Arial Narrow or Times Roman depending on the subject if I am complaining about something I tend to use Arial if its a nice letter I go for the softer Times Roman.  

For fun stuff I like Hank for fancy writing I like the italic script fonts like Edwardian Script and the like. So it depends on what I am doing I have a huge number of fonts which I have got via cd's or downloaded. But my favourite all time font which I don't use every day but just love the look of is Flat brush.

Chib Wrote:
I wish at any rate that I could find somewhere to buy Linotype Juliana for myself.

have you tried any of the online downloads for that font you like?? Just a thought!!

No luck there, I'm afraid, though perhaps I'm not searching hard enough. I could get Monotype Joanna if I wanted, which is quite similar.

I know someone who writes all communications, whether letter or e-mail, in Bookman Old Style. I find this person somewhat irritating and can't look at the font now without flinching.

That is a shame - it's nice!  I quite like Trebuchet and Palatino Linotype for everyday writing, though tend to use Arial; and Calligraph421 is nice for a more arty/handwritingy look.  I used to have one called Alleycat for fun writing, but it isn't on my current Word options.

Interesting about Comic Sans and dyslexia, Apple.  I had to ask a student of mine to stop using it for her essays, as I found it difficult to read - she is not dyslexic, though another of my students is, so I might ask her about fonts!  I think the student who was using it just thought it looked a bit jollier than the generally-recommended Arial or TNR, which it does, but I do find it tiring to read.  Must check in future, though, whether students are dyslexic before asking them to change fonts!

I still love fonts, despite working with them for 20-odd years! Some of my favourites are Gill Sans (used on classic Penguin covers), Perpetua (which is another Eric Gill one), Johnston's Railway type (the font designed for the London Underground), Bembo, Palatino, Goudy, Rotis, and the lovely (if taken-for-granted) Helvetica. I also like Garamond, but it is another one that's so ubiquitous it's taken for granted (especially for book text).

Of course different fonts are good for different jobs. Usually you want a serif face for book text (excepting children's early readers), because the serifs help lead your eye along the line, and provide more variation ('type colour') than sans-serifs. Serif face also provide more facility for niceties like ligatures. There are many beautiful "display" fonts which would, however, be overkill if used for a large body of text. Being an Art Deco enthusiast, Broadway is a favourite of mine.

By the way, if you ever want to identify a font, there's a very useful tool at identifont which asks you questions about the visual appearance, and comes up with various suggestions. Of course it won't necessarily recognise every font, but it's very handy nonetheless.

(By the way, most of the fonts I've mentioned can be seen at wikipedia - there's an annoying bug with this board's software that won't allow URLs with brackets in, so I couldn't include all of them)

Linotype Juliana does seem hard to find, Gareth. I'm not sure if this is because Monotype have a font of the same name (totally different - a calligraphic font).

Font Bureau have it here:

Cheers, Mike

Thanks, Mike! And I was wondering only yesterday what font was used on the new Penguin Modern Classics covers. Hadn't even considered it might be Gill Sans, but now I see it. I always think of Gill Sans as rather churchy, as it's the font the C of E uses in its official publications (Common Worship, the Lectionary and so on), and I used it for service sheets etc. when I worked as a parish secretary in my gap year. I love New Johnston too, as I do anything to do with the Tube Map.

It's the lovely sweep of the capital R that gives Gill Sans away. When I was first in the industry in the early 90s, Gill was just coming back into fashion, having been desperately unfashionable for some years.

And of course the BBC letters are now in Gill Sans - very tasteful.

Playing with fonts is a lovely way of wasting, I mean passing the time.  Thanks for your insights, Mike!

NZ poet Denis Glover (1912-1980) also a printer and publisher, had an opinion of fonts in 1963.

              SOME TYPE FACES
                  AT A GLANCE

    John Baskerville, your name is sweet,
    Your type stands firmly on its feet,
    Each letter rounded and conjoint
    And this is it (in fourteen point).

    No printer could restrain his praise
    Of Caslon Old Face. It displays
    An unaffected strength which shows
    As well in poetry as prose.

    The type called Garamond presents
    French logic and intelligence,
    And its ITALIC, as you see,
    Is full of wit and finely free.

    But if your preference is for grace
    Perpetua is a perfect face
    Whose every serif shows the skill
    Of its superb designer, Gill.

    (He serif-less did quite as well
    For Gill Sans-serif rings the bell;
    Though zeal in it may be misplaced
    Unless the lines are widely spaced).

And if I could have used the type faces mentioned in each verse the appearance would be as Glover intended!

Thanks very much for that, Castorboy, that's lovely!  (And written in the year I was born.)  I like Garamond, and of course am glad Glover was a Gill fan!

Oh, and Perpetua is a *wonderful* font!

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