Re: typeface to go with photographs of various kinds

From: Judy Seigel ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 07/26/04-10:28:33 PM Z
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On Mon, 26 Jul 2004, Jonathan Taylor wrote:
> ....Times is a special
> case; it's a competent design that IMHO should be obliterated and removed
> from all possibility of future use. Times was designed to be used in small
> sizes (9 & 10 pt) on low-quality bleed-prone newsprint. Outside of that
> context, it's bland and characterless.....

Times is boring and unbeautiful, but useful, sometimes necessary, which
may be why it survives.

When space was tight (as it usually was), I often tried the same copy in
different faces. Times was generally the most legible in the smallest
space -- letting me add leading, which, IME, does more for reading
ease than elegant letter shapes. Adobe Garamond is similarly space
saving (and prettier) --- but possibly too fine, depending on print

Offset printing has enough dot gain to save it, even when it looks faint
in the laser proof.

Received on Mon Jul 26 22:28:41 2004

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