There are some fonts that are great in print, but look microscopic on screen. If you’re presenting on screen, then it’s valuable to know the fonts you need to make sure people all the way in the back of the room can read your presentation content.
This font was commissioned by no other than Google and designed by Steve Matteson, an American typeface whiz. Xbox players and Android fanboys (this is what they call themselves) can thank Matteson for designing the fonts on their user-interfaces. Open San was designed to have optimal legibility across print, web, and mobile. It boasts high legible on screens even at small sizes due to its wide apertures and large x-height (design speak for tall lower-case letters).
Pair it with: Montserrat, Roboto, and Georgia.
2. Segoe UI
Microsoft champions the use of Segoe. Find it on their online and printed marketing materials, and more recently on some of their logos. This font was also designed by Steve Matteson and its a registered trademark of the Microsoft Corporation.
Pair it with: Arial, Lucida Grande, Helvetica Neue.
3. Franklin Gothic
Good ole’ Franklin Gothic (named after Benjamin Franklin) belongs to the large family tree of sans-serif typefaces and was created by the American Type Founders (ATF). Its design is credited to Morris Fuller Benton and he was the head of the ATF from 1900-1937. Franklin Gothic is often used for display and trade use as headlines. For example, Time magazine uses Franklin Gothic as the headline and article font, and Lady Gaga used it as her font for her album The Fame Monster.
Pair it with: Baskerville, Helvetica, and Georgia.
This font was designed by Jeremy Tankard for Microsoft with the aim of text clearer on LCD monitors. Tankard has also designed for FontShop and Adobe. Corbel is fantastic for screens because it was designed specifically to appear uncluttered and clean on screen.
Pair it with: Freestyle Script, Bookmania, Acta Display
This font gets its name from the native American word for the stratovolcano Mount Rainier (Mount Tahoma). It was designed by Matthew Carter, a British type designer considered the most read man in the world based on how widespread his font design. He’s known for Verdana, Georgia, and Big Caslon.
Pair it with: Brandon Grotesque, Arial and Le Havre.
Mentioned in a previous post and used by us at Synapsis Creative, Gotham is a digital typeface with popular use on contemporary buildings, print and digital magazines, advertising, marketing, and signage. It’s considered a no-nonsense font with fresh, clean lines.
Pair it with: Open Sans, Archer, and Antenna.
DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute for Standardization). It made its first appearance as DIN 1451 in 1936 for road, rail, traffic, and administrative signage. DIN is still used predominantly for signage which makes it appropriate for screen as a large and legible font.
Pair it with: Merriweather, Lucida Grande, and Didot.
Julieta Ulanovsky designed this font based on the old posters and signs in the Montserrat neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. This font is featured in more than 8,200,000 websites as of 2017.
Pair it with: Oswald, Roboto, and Lato.
9. League Gothic
League Gothic is a revival of the typeface Alternate Gothic 1, originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton. It was revised & updated in 2009 with design contributions from the League of Movable Type.
Pair it with: Proxima Nova, Benton Sans RE, and Clarendon.
This font was designed by Matt McInerney and known for its sharp and functional appearance. This font is also associated with the League of Movable Type and described as “an elegant sans-serif typeface, designed in a single thin weight.”
Pair it with: Open Sans, Montserrat, and Calibri.
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