What variant / optical size in slides?

EK's picture

I am designing some slides rich in text (necessary evil).
The font size is 12pt in LaTeX, but the slides will be projected on a large screen. So the question is which family variant:

"regular"? or "display"?

Miss Tiffany's picture

I'd still go with regular simply because the audience will still be viewing them from a distance.

Don McCahill's picture

I cannot imagine how one could make this type of decision without some testing. When you are working in a transitory media like slides, you really should do a few tests, and then see how they look in final output (preferably in the same room, with the same equipment, if you can).

Peter Farago's picture

If you're presenting black text on white, keep in mind that the white light will tend to bloom around the letter shape more than it will on a printed page. Bolder might be be better.

EK's picture


I am never convinced that I can be objective about my own slides.

(I always seem to have a firm opinion about other people's slides, which are usually powerpoint with Arial.)

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