<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>one thing I've learned after 25 years in the printing industry is it's common knowledge that serif fonts are easier to read<p><hr></blockquote><p>Not according to this bloke they're not... depends on the conditions...<br><br>km<br><br>
So, if you followed all the advice and opinions here, I just have one question. When the hell did you find time to study? <br><br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:white]xx</font color=white>[color:blue]I always deserve it. Really.</font color=blue><br><br>
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That's an interesting article - what I get from his comment near the bottom is that sans serif works better than serif in very small point sizes if it's condensed, which has the same effect as the serifs in creating a clearer continuance of line for the eye to follow.<br><br>- padmavyuha<br><br>[color:purple]A lopsided man runs best along the little side-hills of success<br>- Frank Moore Colby</font color=purple>
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Did you look at the sample PDF I posted of 6.7pt Bell Centennial ... that's exactly the reason. It's a sans condensed with a very low x height. I copied all the text from Trey's 2-page sample and it fit onto a single page that was completely useful. Each letter is designed with an ink trap to keep the letters crisp at small sizes.<br><br><br><br>I've used this on many layouts where "fine print" -- such as disclaimers on a real estate ad -- need to be legible but unobtrusive in the page design.Here's a good article on the design of the typeface: http://www.nicksherman.com/articles/bellCentennial.html<br><br><br>One important fact to consider is the capabilities of your inkjet or laser output. Laser is going to be much better at small sizes.<br><br>
Most properly designed fonts are hinted for better legibility at small sizes. I am currently working on a book for a friend which has 7 point Garamond captions perfectly legible on an inkjet print, and I could slide down another point if I wanted to (but who wants to play that kind of game for its own sake?)<br><br>Laz, OFI[/i][color:green]<br>Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. — Groucho </font color=green>
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