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1crowderb
aug 12, 2006, 11:51 pm

Me, I generally prefer old style, classical fonts -- the Garamonds. (Though of course it depends on what's being set.) Goudy Old Style, Caslon to a degree, Baskerville on occasion, never Bodoni or Comic Sans. I've also become quite fond of Myriad Pro and Minion Pro. In fact, I'd say that my three favorite fonts (meaning I use them unless I have good reason not to) are those two and Garamond Premier Pro. I'd like to buy Sabon someday, though.

For making fonts, the de facto standard seems to be Fontographer and company. Too bad they're a wee bit expensive. I've dabbled around a little bit with FontForge (used to be PFAedit), and the UI is...well...let's just say it could use some work. But it does seem to be a fully functional font editor, and it's free. Anybody have any experience with either of these?

Also, are there any good texts on font design? Typography as lettercraft rather than pagecraft, that is.

2Atomicmutant
aug 13, 2006, 8:21 pm

Comic sans? One of the most reviled fonts evar, lol! I do like the older styles as well.

I've recently come across an open source font called "Gentium", search that out and find the page. It's an Optima/Times variant that I find really pleasing.

My font buddies pooh pooh it, because everything these days that's hip is sans serif, lol.

3mkindness
aug 14, 2006, 8:52 am

have any of you seen this site:

http://bancomicsans.com/

love it!

4trollsdotter
aug 14, 2006, 5:28 pm

I like to collect fonts and have a wide variety to choose from for various project, but I usually end up using the less-ornamented fonts.

Currently my favorites are Century Schoolbook and the Lucida series. I really dislike Times New Roman, and I find Arial boring.

(Will I be banned from this topic if I admit that I use Comic sans for my comic book lists?) The ban comic sans site is funny and has lots of interesting fonts.