I've been thinking about fonts lately and when I say the word font, it also makes me think of fondant. Font, of course, is the style of letters that one chooses to give their writing the perfect look. Fondant is that dreamy, sugary coating that Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) puts on his cakes to give them the perfect look. Do you see the similarities? You do? It is time for you to go back to school, also!
The reason I have been thinking about fonts is because I have been writing in several different forms. I have been working on this blog, writing emails and creating tables and charts in Word and Excel. They all default to a different font which is even further complicated when I convert some of my documents to Google Docs. I decided that this week I would change the default of all my modes of writing to...THE ONE PERFECT FONT. However, before making that monumental, life-changing decision I need to do some research. Here is what I discovered:
- Research suggests that serif fonts (those with little tails like this Times New Roman font) are easier on the eye when reading print. The tails help you to track better.
- Research also suggests that serif fonts (those without the little tails like this Arial font) are not as helpful when reading from a screen and sans serif fonts are better for electronic media.
- Size really does matter. Particularly when you are over the age of 45, and bigger is better. However, you don't want a size so big that the reader has to keep scrolling down to read. Most people agree that anything over 10 pts is preferred. I often pick 11 although 12 pts can be read without my glasses.
- Not all browsers support all fonts, so it is better to keep to the well-known, standard fonts.
So, help a girl out. What is your favorite font? What are your font pet peeves?
Want to do a little research on your own? Click here for Crabby Office Lady article. Hey, I didn't say it was quality research!!
Stay tuned for Mentor Text Madness--Day 2.