[scribus] font usage

CLIVE CATTERALL clive.catterall at btinternet.com
Sat Aug 15 13:29:47 CEST 2009

>> Some people, I think, get lost in the idea
> of wanting a
> > "modern" look to the font, and sans-serif seems more
> sleek and modern.

This thread has covered some interesting stuff. Personally I think legibility has as much to do with familiarity than with anything inherent in the font design, but my opinion is not based on any evidence.

I wonder if the claims of legibility are sometimes based on little evidence. For example, in UK secondary school classrooms I have noticed that a great many teachers use comic sans on handouts and presentations. They swear that this is for reasons of legibility. Wow.

The point I was trying to make was much simpler - if you are designing anything  you need to do some research. Find out what others are doing and then, if you choose to go your own way, you are at least doing that with a full understanding that your work will stand out.

Another Example: I note that Sony are using a sans font on their manuals where it mixes nicely with the pictures, and a serif font in the "serious" section of the guarantee... I honestly think that for shorter documents font choice is rarely to do with legibility ...


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