Thesis Fonts Basics

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J. Tillman's picture
Joined: 27 Sep 2009 - 11:31am
Thesis Fonts Basics

We see a number of thesis/dissertation fonts discussions. I have never done one, and am curious about the underlying assumptions, which never seem to be discussed.

Who is the target audience? Is it a small group of professors who evaluate the thesis? Or every one in the design, chemistry, whatever program at the school? Or everyone in the world interested in that subject? Or the kind people who paid for the schooling? Or other? Is there a primary and secondary audience?

Are we talking about a printed document, or a pdf document viewed on a screen, or both? If both, does it get re-typeset for a different medium? Are these professionally typeset or mostly done by the student?

Is it offset printed, or professionally digital printed, or printed on a friend's nice printer. Is it a book, and if so how is it bound? Is it just a bunch of loose papers clipped together. Or in a bigger document of collected theses?

Why is this stuff never mentioned in the discussion? Just curious. Thanks.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

Good thinking.


Nick Curtis's picture
Joined: 21 Apr 2005 - 8:16am

Generally, the only person you should be concerned about pleasing is the person who will be assigning your grade. And, quite frankly, unless your thesis is about typography, your professor is likely to give a rat’s ass about what font it’s in, as long as it’s readable…IMHO. BTW, ditto for résumés…

IsleofGough's picture
Joined: 27 Feb 2008 - 6:48am

Unless it is in Baskerville, in which case it will be slightly more believable. :-)

BTW, there is a large cottage industry in thesis and dissertation publishing - with some high prices (since most will have only a few copies made). The days of submitting double spaced typed 8.5x11 inch copies are over.