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    So, we all agree that comic sans sucks.

    Which fonts do you find have saved you in a crunch for space, meaning that they can be small, maintain readability and still look nice? I run into this problem a lot with cd jacket text where bands want to have gobs of liner notes fit on two panels. For me, the font that has saved me more times than once is JoannaMTItalic. It doesn't read or look like an italicized font generally does and looks nice for body copy.

    http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/joanna/mt-italic/
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    I like trade gothic a lot. And Mini7 for pixel/web.
    You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. --GWB

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    • #3
      I like fonts that are true condensed (as in designed that way, not squashed with horizontal scale settings). Univers, Trade Gothic, ITC Franklin Gothic or Helvetica condensed (yeah, I said Helvetica!), ITC Garamond Condensed, font families that have been designed with condensed versions as an additional set of fonts.

      I generally loathe horizontal scaling, although I've been forced to resort to it. For serifs, I find that Berkeley Oldstyle can take up to about 8-10% without looking weird if I really need to go there. Sans serifs always look weird to me with horizontal scaling applied.
      "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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      • #4
        I like univers because they've got so many style options...is that what it's called?

        You know, Univers light oblique, Univers light, Univers light ultra condensed, Univers oblique, Univers thin ultra condensed....etc.
        It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" – Winnie the Pooh

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        • #5
          Originally posted by urstwile
          I like fonts that are true condensed (as in designed that way, not squashed with horizontal scale settings). Univers, Trade Gothic, ITC Franklin Gothic or Helvetica condensed (yeah, I said Helvetica!), ITC Garamond Condensed, font families that have been designed with condensed versions as an additional set of fonts.

          I generally loathe horizontal scaling, although I've been forced to resort to it. For serifs, I find that Berkeley Oldstyle can take up to about 8-10% without looking weird if I really need to go there. Sans serifs always look weird to me with horizontal scaling applied.
          You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. --GWB

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          • #6
            VISITOR and BITDUST are good little fonts
            Check it out, TALKDELAWARE.COM

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            • #7
              I like Frutiger Condensed for things like captions, but it doesn't work as well for body copy.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Caddyman
                VISITOR and BITDUST are good little fonts
                Pixel fonts only suit a certain style of design though...
                It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" – Winnie the Pooh

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                • #9
                  Futura, Univers, and many of the condensed fonts (although I'd be picky). Seriously, instead of asking us, you should be giving us choices to narrow down. Your project might need something we don't understand.
                  Broke or just cheap? Read my list of free open source alternatives to Adobe Creative Suite software.

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                  • #10
                    I don't think she was asking for advice on a specific project, just seeing what other people like, SurfPark .
                    "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by budafist
                      I like univers because they've got so many style options...is that what it's called?

                      You know, Univers light oblique, Univers light, Univers light ultra condensed, Univers oblique, Univers thin ultra condensed....etc.
                      Same reason I like the Helvetica Neue series, Buda. Most people would call them weights, I believe.
                      "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by urstwile
                        Same reason I like the Helvetica Neue series, Buda. Most people would call them weights, I believe.

                        ^yes weights,

                        I seem to be using Gill Sans and its different weights at mo also Gill Sans MT schoolbook I like—sorta rounded and friendly.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by capezio
                          ^yes weights,

                          I seem to be using Gill Sans and its different weights at mo also Gill Sans MT schoolbook I like—sorta rounded and friendly.
                          Yes weights - thanks guys. I can sound more knowledgeable now

                          Gill Sans MT Schoolbook huh? Haven't seen that one before, must look it up.

                          I love Gill Sans. Makes me hot...We've got Gill Sans Maori at work. It's great for when we have to do stuff with lots of accents that are used in the Maori language. Who ever thought of that was a Kiwi genius!
                          It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" – Winnie the Pooh

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