Saturday, October 10, 2009

these are a few of my favorite fonts

Several years ago I interned for BYU Magazine. My fellow intern and I were hard at work in the office when he called out from his Mac, "What's your favorite font?"

Usually I find the "what's your favorite ..." game infuriatingly futile. But at the time my heart was unquestionably set on Garamond. I said as much, and my coworker replied that was his favorite font too. (We were both married - to other people - lest you think this is turning into the well-beloved Nacho Libre toast scene.)

He then countered, saying, "But if Garamond isn't an option, next is Palatino."

Which, of course, was my second favorite font, too.*

Do you have a favorite font? More to the point, do you have a favorite runner-up?

Bonus question: How do you feel about the recent proliferation of Calibri documents now that Word's default has switched from Times New Roman?

*I still like Garamond for formal documents, but Verdana has a good casual feel.

7 comments:

Sherry said...

As a young teenager, nothing could quite do it for my like Comic Sans. Now I love Book Antiqua, and Century Gothic if we are going with a sans serif font. I hate Arial. Blah.

Katherine said...

I have to say that I was glad to see the change from the Times default font to Cambria. Not much different, but enough so that it feels new and fresh! I recently discovered a font called "Giddyup," which is useless for anything formal, but so much fun for everything else!

Megan said...

I love calibri. I especially like it in Excel.

amydear said...

I use Verdana all the time, and am always puzzled when Calibri comes up. But I should explore more fonts. Perhaps I will try Garamond.

Dawn said...

I feel so very old and un-SI. I don't have a favorite font. Never really did. Probably never will. But I trust you young wippersnappers to make sure we are all reading the best font possible!

Erin said...

One of my favorite font names is "Anklepants" - check it out: http://www.fontcenter.com/fonts/anklepants.html

Maren Hansen said...

Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer TimesNewRoman for regular editing/processing. But my favorite font is Bottled Fart. And not just because it has such a great name...