I have a bit of a fixation with fonts. I like the notes in the back of books that describe the provenance of the typeface. When I was a kid, my family subscribed to the now defunct but nerdily wonderful u&lc magazine (upper and lower case) and I have whiled away unconscionable hours with the font pull down menus on assorted word processing programs. So it is perhaps not a surprise that I greeted the publication of Simon Garfield’s Just My Type with real pleasure http://www.npr.org/2011/09/04/140126278/know-this-headlines-font-youre-just-my-type.
Garfield writes “Twenty years ago we hardly knew them, but now we all have favorites. Computers have rendered us all gods of type, a privilege we could never have anticipated in the age of the typewriter.”
Here’s a video of the author “judging some books by their covers” http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/video/2010/oct/17/typography.
Do you have a favorite font? My default is Times New Roman, but I regularly use Arial for e-mails, and I have a weakness for Sylfaen even though I think it’s a bit fey. I hate reading in Courier, such that if I am able, I will change the typeface before I read a manuscript in what I find an arid, joyless type style. (Unlike those who fetishize the Smith Corona, apparentlyI have painful memories of using an actual typewriter.)
Anyway, I probably lean more serif than sans in the most general sense, and I am prone to reading into the font choices of those who e-mail me (Aqua Palatino. Hmmm…)
How about you?