Advice please: Recent Type Design and the Screen

cpalmieri's picture

Hi there,

I am writing my first article in a monthly column for a popular Japanese design portal/blog called CBC-NET.

My article is basically a call for Japanese designers to consider contemporary typefaces for their designs, basically a continuation of the theme for my interview series on my own site.

One of my arguments is that recent typefaces are more likely to work better on the screen, thanks to lower-contrast strokes, larger x-heights, more open forms. I know this isn't always the case, there is plenty of old type that is suitable for the screen and plenty of new type that isn't, but I suppose that typography for the web has become a consideration for many type designers during the design process.

So my question:

Can you recommend some typefaces that I can introduce in my article where screen use was a consideration? I'm not really looking for OS system fonts, pixel fonts or anything that specific designed for the screen, but something that was designed for general use, but for which screen use was *one* consideration.

I'm hoping to introduce a few serifs and a maybe one sans, the serifs because they traditionally have more trouble on the screen. Some low-contrast serif faces I was considering: Dolly, Fedra, Jenny.

thanks for your help!

Si_Daniels's picture

You could look at signage fonts, which tend to work well on screen.

Stephen Coles's picture

Nice idea, Si.

Also ITC Charter, which was designed back in the early digital days for low-res printers.

Stephen Coles's picture

As for sans, anything square and wide does better on screen, due to the pixel grid. Although this may be changing now due to modern antialiasing technologies like Cleartype.

I use Amplitude Wide as my email, iChat, and browser default and it works beautifully at 11 pts.

aluminum's picture

Weren't most of the new MS typefaces in Vista designed with that in mind?

Stephen Coles's picture

Yes. But with only Windows Vista users in mind.

cpalmieri's picture

Thanks for the tips. I ended up throwing Amplitude into the article because of the way it notches out the corners. Should be online in a few days, but unfortunately, Japanese only.


Si_Daniels's picture

>Yes. But with only Windows Vista users in mind.

Actually, no. They were designed with ClearType in mind. ClearType is not a Vista-only rendering technology.

Stephen Coles's picture

I'm sorry. Vista and XP?

Si_Daniels's picture

A ClearType licensing program was announced in 2003, it's offered as part of iType, Monotype Imaging's rasterizer. But I was specifically thinking of WPF which is going cross-platform (at least when I last saw a blog entry on it). Also Windows Mobile, Windows CE, and Windows embedded on various devices. And there are also other implementations - such as Freetype...

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