[Scribus] which font to use

Jeff Lasman blists
Tue Apr 3 17:24:07 CEST 2007

On Tuesday 03 April 2007 06:55 am, heathenx wrote:

> Yup. I just tried Helvetica. It's perfect! I just found my new
> "standard". Thanks everyone.

Helvetica, developed in 1957 by Swiss graphic designer Max Miedinger, 
has been probably the most widely used sans-serif typeface since I was 
a teen, and I'm almost 63 now <smile>.  It was originally named Neue 
Haas Grotesk (from Akzidenz Grotesk, a font designed in 1896) but the 
name was changed to Helvetica in 1960.

Two other Sans Serif fonts which became very popular:

Univers (pronounced "oo-nih-VAIR") designed by Adrian Frutiger, also 
from the original  Akzidenz Grotesk.  IBM made this font extremely 
popular by offering it as the default typeface for their IBM Selectric 
Composer system (introduced in 1966), but that probably devalued it's 
use among typographers as it became the mark of "cheap typesetting".  
(The IBM design was a bit simplified, but still quite similar.)

And of course, Arial, designed in 1982 by Robin Nicholas and Patricia 
Saunders for Monotype Typography.

According to Wikipedia (from which I refreshed my memory for this post) 
claims "It is generally understood that Arial was meant as a cheaper 
substitute (but not so close as to invite litigation) for Linotype's 
popular Helvetica. However, a close examination of Helvetica, Arial, 
and Univers reveals that the latter two are in many respects more 
similar than the former two."

So now that you know more about Helvetica, Arial, and even Univer,  than 
you ever needed to know, choose the one that looks the best <smile>.

(In the late 70s I was part owner of a Typography shop in San Mateo, 
California, "Helvetica Typographers"; you'd be surprised how many 
versions of Helvetica there are <smile>.)

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