On a New Favorite Font

I think I have a new favorite font.

As many people know, I refuse to work with Times New Roman. I find it… unattractive. The shapes are common. It doesn’t speak to me. It doesn’t reveal my inner self.

Instead, I work in Palatino. Sometimes its close cousin Book Antiqua, but I’ve gotten so that I can spot the differences between them, and Palatino suits my personality better.

Palatino’s letters are bigger. They are lighter and airier. There’s a gentleness to the way they curve. The serifs are like the flowing of wine.

Wait, I’m waxing philosophic about fontery.

Recently, I’ve discovered a new, free font. Gentium. If Palatino is bigger than Times New Roman, then Gentium is smaller and narrower, but with a slick polish and inviting curvature. It’s pleasing to the eye, in ways that Times New Roman is not.

A new font to play with. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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