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Nathan's picture
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Font for projection on screen with reverse contrast
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I'm looking into designing a font which would be most suitable for reading on a projector screen in reverse contrast (white on black). It will be generally for large screens (10 - 50 feet wide) and read at a distance. It will usually be small blocks of prose, rather than single words or short phrases.

What attributes should such a font have? I'm guessing it should have clearly formed counters (to make the reverse contrast easier to read) and strong horizontal strokes to prevent the eye from skipping lines, but I don't really know. Or are there any existing fonts which you know will be suitable, which I can either learn from or use?

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Joined: 13 Dec 2012 - 3:47pm
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Using the tag "reverse" at Myfonts https://www.myfonts.com/search/tag%3Areverse/fonts/ produces a fair number of fonts that you might wish to test on screen.
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Joined: 13 Dec 2012 - 3:47pm
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Verdana and Georgia are designed for screen use and have lower cases -- unlike most of the fonts in the reverse tag list above. I don't know if a reverse/negative version is available. The Bodoni on the list has a lower case, but it is very high contrast and might be difficult to read.
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Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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You may want to have a look here: http://clearviewhwy.com/

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The stroke width will appear differently for positive and negative contrast, but that doesn’t mean that you would choose a specific design for a certain type of contrast.

And regarding the design: It would heavily depend on the perceived font size and the resolution of the projector. If the perceived font size and the resolution of the monitor are large enough, you might be able to go with almost any kind of type design. But if the font size gets too small, you need to get low contrast (regarding stroke width changes, x-height, counters, serifs …). If the resolution gets too small, you would need to consider screen-specific effects, which fonts like the already mentioned Georgia and Verdana master quite well. The operating system or app and their render engine also heavily effect the outcome when very few pixels are used for each character.

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FF Transit was designed with this aspect in consideration, eg adaptation of glyphs to compensate for glare and such. It is a quite modern typeface and may not suit your taste (I like it, though).