Need font suggestion for medical software

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Livelo's picture
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Need font suggestion for medical software
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I need suggestions for great looking screenfonts to be used in medical software. It will be operated by people in various ages, so the readability should be good. But equally important, it should look modern and fresh. Anyone?

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Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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For interface? Body text? Captions? Just regular? Bold too? Glyph coverage needed? Target display resolution?

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Nowhere nearly enough context here.

Is the software running on Windows or Mac OSX? If so, then using the system default fonts is almost always a good idea unless there is a compelling reason otherwise.

What Unicode coverage do you need? How many languages will the software be translated into?

The DejaVu fonts are pretty good for screen / UI. The Unicode coverage is excellent, it's legible (nice open apertures, large x-height, good balance between economy of space and not being too narrow, spacing is decent). It's not an artsy design at all, but it doesn't look frumpy or old-fashioned. It's also free.

You might also look at Droid Sans. It's very recent, a little square (which is very trendy right now), and even higher x-height and narrower than Deja Vu. Also free.

If you've got budget and want to do something really creative, there's tons you can do. The Prelude fonts by Font Bureau for the Palm Pre are an awesome example.

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> It will be operated by people in various ages, so the readability should be good. But equally important, it should look modern and fresh. Anyone?

So fresh and modern is of equal importance to the hope that operators won't kill/maim themselves due to misreading the text?

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Thanks for good suggestions, Raph! I especially like the Prelude fonts and it's very relevant to look at newer mobile phone fonts (I have also looked at Androids font, which also looks good) for some of the software. And yes, there is a budget :-)

Unfortunately I can't go into much details here, because of confidentiality. The fonts will be used in the interface, for buttons, menus, body text and numbers. The Unicode coverage is important, good point!

Sii, you don't need to get all Jacob Nielsen on me ;-) Let me rephrase, The font (family) should look modern and fresh, and at the same time be user friendly.

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Rather than trying to discuss semi-confidential business dealings online you should probably just contact Ascender Corporation and Fontshop to see what they have and what it will cost you.

Kent Lew's picture
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Or Font Bureau, if you’re interested in inquiring about Prelude.

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I think sii was making a joke, not going all Jakob Nielson on you.

:)

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James, I was thinking there might be some people here with experience from designing/developing medical software. I got some constructive points, like which OS the software runs on (Linux and Windows btw.) and Unicode coverage, so I don't think it's a waste of time. I'm not an expert on typography and just wanted some fresh ideas :-)

Don, I know ;-)