Dating Around

Image: typeconnection.com

Last September, our super design-savvy Editor, Deborah Kim, blogged about why the font you choose to use matters  in the submission process. Last week, however, I stumbled upon typeconnection, a website that is home to “A Typographic Dating Game.” The concept is basically the same as online dating—you select the font you’re most “attracted” to, and then you’re given several new fonts that you might like based on your previous selection. You check out pics of those fonts, read their bios, and then, if you fancy, you send the new font and the original font on a “date.” You’ll be told whether or not these fonts are compatible together.

While I’m a Garamond gal myself, I can’t pretend I wasn’t intrigued by the concept. Was I missing an opportunity? Was there a font out there for me?

Well, after exercising extreme care in a decision-making process that took the better part of my workday (sorry, Deb!), it turns out the two fonts I sent on a date weren’t compatible. Maybe Garamond and I are doing just fine on our own.

What about you, dear readers? Do you think a font has the power to alter the way you perceive a piece of writing? How so? We’d love to know your thoughts!

 

3 Responses to “Dating Around”

  1. Sara

    Had a meeting the other day discussing submissions and we took a moment to rhapsodize over someone’s font choice (I think it was Janson). A svelte font certainly doesn’t hurt–but Calibri always hurts. My eyes, specifically.

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  2. Cathy

    I’m a huge fan of Bookman Old School–clear, legible, and (hopefully) elegant as well.

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  3. Deborah Kim

    Sara, Janson is beautiful! I’ve actually come around to Calibri as a nice sans serif, but not for submissions.

    Cathy, I confess I don’t care for Bookman very much, and I’m not sure why. It’s definitely sturdy and clear, though. I haven’t seen it in a while!

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