December 23, 2007

Let’s talk about fonts

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am

10 years ago, if you asked the average person to name 10 fonts, it might have been challenging. Not today. Typeface has always been significant but until recently, it was only the job of graphic designers to really understand it.

But as we’ve now been giving more tools to create multimedia and graphical content, we need to have a better understanding of font. I recall discussions with primary teachers years ago, insisting on using Comic Sans in digital content because the “a” reflected the way students were to print it. Is that still a factor? (I actually have a font installed on my computer called , “I hate Comic Sans”) What other discussions should teachers have with their students about font and typeface other than not to use dingbats for their essays? I certainly don’t know a lot about it. I know that somewhere I read serif fonts are easiest to read. I know about Guy Kawasaki’s font rule .

But fonts are now more than just about text, they are art and they are used in a graphical context in much our digital work. I know I certainly pay more attention. I did not address adequately in my design presentation for K12, mostly because I don’t have enough understanding. I ‘ll have to work that. It’s become so much a part of how we view digital content that this video, courtesy Bill Mckinnon actually is understood. We get what he’s talking about.

Image:Font 006 by Stewf

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