I’m looking for a narrow serif typface. It’s going to be used for an one page essay (about politics), and I want to ﬁt a lot of text on the same page. It should of course be legible…
It might seem counter-intuitive, but narrowness actually results in less economy than a wide face! (Except in one-line settings.) The reasons are that: 1) A wide face can be used at a smaller point size while maintaining (and possibly even improving* on) apparent size. 2) Linebreaks in text will often negate the culmulative horizontal savings a narrow face accumulates over many lines. A wider face at a smaller point size always saves in vertical space. * This I still have to verify. So a narrow face will only be more economical than a wide face -at a smaller size- if your text has very few linebreaks. However, wide faces can convey less elegance/sophistication than a narrow face (like see the new LA Times body face), so a good reason to use a narrow font to save space would be if you want to convey a certain atmosphere. And note that a good narrowness/width depends on the point size (more like point size range) you’re using. Anyway, if you do decide on a narrow font, try Stone Print. hhp
well, my teacher doesn’t like when the size is anything other than 12 points (12/14). Otherwise I would have set the text in a smaller size. Stone Print looks nice Hrant — any other suggestions?
> my teacher doesn’t like when the size is anything other than 12 points (12/14) Is this a pre-law class? :-/ Doesn’t he think point size (not to mention leading) depends on what’s being designed? Would he set a newspaper in 12 point? I mean, I know Swedes have long arms, but that’s ridiculous. hhp
I just thought of a potential loophole in your teacher’s “rule”. If you could just get him to drop the 2-point leading requirement (try to think of a good excuse for that, like short lines), what you could do is use a font that’s wide but small on the body, with zero (or maybe even negative) leading. That way you’ll have a “12 point” font (“Just look, Quark says it’s 12 point!”), but you could use width/size instead of narrowness to save space. hhp
Make the layout with two or three columns, with a generous gutter, try to keep your measure to 40-50 characters, no hyphenation if possible. Tim
I’ve read that 65 characters is ideal, but I guess it all depends on the typeface used. Changing the leading is of course an option, I’ll do some experiments on it… Any more suggestions on a narrow font?
If you can get away from a serif face I like Agenda