Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Sep 2009 23:10 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces You probably missed this earth-shattering news, but Ikea IKEA, the Swedish furniture and other assorted home decoration products company, has switched fonts. The company always used the Futura font for its catalogues, but the latest edition has ditched it in favour of Verdana. This has caused quite the stir among typography geeks.
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Comment by typography geek
by merkoth on Thu 3rd Sep 2009 23:22 UTC
merkoth
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2006-09-22

Consolas is a beautiful font, specially on LCD displays. Since it has some complicated licensing terms, I decided to use Inconsolata[1] for my monospaced needs. A truly beautiful font. In general terms, Vista came with a very impressive set of fonts.

For the rest of the OS, I usually have some BitStream variety and some of the fonts used by Android are great. Droid Mono is also a very good programmer friendly font.

Oh, about TFA, I completely agree with the Verdana detractors. It's a very good font for screens, but looks very dull when printed, specially at big sizes. Futura might look weird on screen, but looks gorgeous printed.

[1] http://www.levien.com/type/myfonts/inconsolata.html

Edited 2009-09-03 23:25 UTC

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

I like consolas in a general way, I do think that lucida sans has more character though.

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RE: Comment by typography geek
by Tuxie on Fri 4th Sep 2009 09:27 in reply to "Comment by typography geek"
Tuxie Member since:
2009-04-22

I like Inconsolata also, it's my favourite monospace font in OSX. However, the best monospace font by far is (IMHO) Terminus Bold. Unfortunately only the bitmap version is good, but I use it all the time for my terminals and text editors in Linux. I wish there was a way to use bitmap fonts in OSX. ;)

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