Thoughts on using a display face for text type?

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Christopher Burton's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2012 - 4:53pm
Thoughts on using a display face for text type?
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I was curious to hear what others think on using a display face for body text (web font)? If it renders remarkably well, is it wrong? The typeface in question is Kulturista. Click here to see it in use.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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I doesn’t look horrible. An alternative might be Ibis RE from Webtype. Btw, make sure you check the Apple rendering as well!

Christopher Burton's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2012 - 4:53pm
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Will do and thank you for the alternative recommendation. However, I think Adelle Light might be a closer fit.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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The suggestion is due to quality. The RE series is pretty solid. If Kulturista works, use it!

Christopher Burton's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2012 - 4:53pm
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My apologies. I think what I was getting at is if using a display face for text type is "frowned upon". I guess you're right, if it works, use it.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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Like death, screen rendering can be the great equalizer...

Kulturista might be hard to use to print a book, but it clearly renders onscreen in a very texty manner. And what people call something certainly doesn't affect how it works.

hhp

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Joined: 19 Jul 2004 - 6:31pm
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The thing about text fonts on the web is that if you look at one size/resolution/rendering combination, and say "It works", you don't work.

Christopher Burton's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2012 - 4:53pm
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In my defense, I wasn't relying on just the font-size or the rendering alone. It was a combination of looking for a typeface that complimented my logotype and also the typeface of my headers. I believe these are all important factors to make that decision. What I said above might have come across as ignorant.

David Berlow's picture
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Joined: 19 Jul 2004 - 6:31pm
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No, you are doing fine.

I think maybe you/we were misled by the classification of this face for display and not also for text, which works well in most browsers.

Christopher Burton's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2012 - 4:53pm
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Thank you, David. I appreciate the feedback.