15 February 2011

Fooling Around With Fonts

One of my favourite ways to procrastinate is to type my name into a Word document and try to decide the best font to use for my byline on the cover of my book. Am I the only one who does this? I hope not. I always stack my first name on top of my last, because there’s no way my whole name is going to fit on one line.

I really like the way the more recent versions of Word show you the way the font looks in the font drop-down. But does anyone else think that the alphabetical listing of the fonts makes no sense whatsoever? Shouldn’t there be groupings of serif, sans serif, cartoony, symbols, caps, handwriting, cursive, ornamental, old-fashioned… you know what I mean? I’ll be gazing dreamily at Edwardian Script ITC as I run my mouse down the font list, only to be slapped around the chops by Elephant. Don’t get me started on Wide Latin and Wingdings.

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