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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Knuth got it right
by jwwf on Fri 4th Sep 2009 00:10 UTC
jwwf
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2006-01-19

On the page, I like Computer Modern. I like the TeX aesthetic generally.

On screen I just want something simple, like the default ubuntu sans plus a decent monospaced font for code.

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RE: Knuth got it right
by jack_perry on Fri 4th Sep 2009 02:16 in reply to "Knuth got it right"
jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh no, I can't stand that font, and I've looked at far too many papers and books printed in it. Too spare and thin.

I much prefer something like SIL Gentium, URW Garamond, or even BitStream Charter. The latter two even work just fine in LaTeX with the MathDesign package.

http://www.sil.org/~gaultney/Gentium/
http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/mathdesign/

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RE[2]: Knuth got it right
by jwwf on Fri 4th Sep 2009 14:36 in reply to "RE: Knuth got it right"
jwwf Member since:
2006-01-19

Oh no, I can't stand that font, and I've looked at far too many papers and books printed in it. Too spare and thin.


Believe it or not I can see your point of view. I think I like it in part because it reminds me of things I've read and liked. Just like Futura for the Ikea fans, it has a connotation for me. Some of the strokes are really thin, but I find it harmonises in reading, as opposed to looking hard at every letter.

I do like the look of the Gentium and Charter samples--will have to give them a shot in print.

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