Sunday, 22 March 2015


(Spoiler alert! The following fictional synopsis is based on TV's fictional thriller/crime series, Fortitude. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

In a makeshift town, on an island, in a really cold place, where fonts with little feet weren't allowed and the writing was on the Glacier hotel ice wall, occurred the most heinous typographical crime of the Century Gothic. Oh, a few people get bumped off...

Professor Bart had just submitted his copyfitting report. Unfortunately for him, as he finished it off late at night, he accidentally clicked on Times New Roman font instead of industry standard Helvetica.

What, Times New Roman?! Nobody uses Times New Roman these days! 

Realising his mistake, it was hardly any surprise that he wanted to change his report so urgently. But Governor Hilda Broad had already finished reading it and was venting her anger to Sherriff Anders Sans Serif.

There were clear rules. Those that came to live in Fontitude were forbade from using font with feet. This kind of thing had never happened before. What should they do?

Meanwhile, a local boy, who was a hard-core Chiller fan, had wandered off into the snowy night. Where did he go? What did he do? Only Times New Roman will tell.

Next time, on Fontitude...

Some fonts get mysteriously deleted from residents' computers. A Murder is discovered. And a forensic typesetter shows up.

Whilst we're waiting for the next instalment, why not make a handy reference sheet of all the fonts in your library? It makes it much easier to compare fonts and to decide which font would be best for a particular project. Having the name of the font also helps to quickly choose it from which ever software programme is being used. 

The sheets below were created in Microsoft Word 2010 by typing the name of the font in that font. The list was put into columns but going to the Page Layout Tab > clicking on the down arrow under Columns > then selecting the number of columns desired (I chose to have three). Easy Peasy!   


Talk to you soon!


1 comment:

  1. Great idea I recall doing this for my staff one time when I was trying to get them to make use of all the amazing fonts out there . Some people are just stuck on Arial


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