Tiny Typeface?

anonymous's picture

I'm designing a ruler with millimeter marks on it, with requirements for numbers every two millimeters. Currently I'm setting it at 4.5pt Univers Condensed and it looks pretty good, but I'd love some other suggestions for condensed fonts that are highly legible at small sizes. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer.

trae's picture

When all else fails (yeah,yeah,yeah); Helvetica ... maybe Neue 57?

Meta, though, beautiful old style numerals.

George Thomas's picture

A question: why are you reinventing the wheel? Have you never seen the
Schaedler Precision Ruler? It is without doubt one of the best rulers
ever manufactured. Expensive, though.

seba_arg's picture

hello Paul Kimball, I am looking for "meta condensed". you have it? :) thanks!

Hildebrant's picture

film scale, thats what its all about. If you guys dont have one of these they are the best. broken into 1/10'ths of inchs. quite handy at times. just my .02

:-)

nike's picture

Maybe Bell Centennial

anonymous's picture

celeste small text from fontfont.com, specially designed for

anonymous's picture

I wound up going with a 5 pt Meta Condensed Book- Expert. Although I too love the old style numerals, ror a ruler the ascenders and descenders were just too jumpy. Thanks for the help, folks!

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