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Daring Fireball [John Gruber]

John Gruber muses about font choices. Some quotes:

  • Courier New is a wretched variant of Courier; anemic and spindly. You don't have to be a type nerd to notice the difference. Courier New is the only fixed-width font on the iPhone, which means all fixed-width text looks like complete ass.
  • Helvetica is perhaps the most popular typeface in the world, and is widely acclaimed as one of the best. Arial is a tawdry, inferior knock-off of Helvetica, but which, to the detriment of the world, Microsoft chose to license for Windows simply because it was cheaper.
  • Mac OS X ships with a remarkable number of outstanding fonts. My three favorites in addition to Helvetica are Futura, Gill Sans, and Hoefler Text. Futura and Gill Sans are two of the finest sans serif typefaces ever designed, and Hoefler Text is a terrific serif text face. A designer stranded on a desert island with nothing but these three fonts could continue to produce a remarkable range of work.
  • Trebuchet? Utter garbage. To include Trebuchet but not Gill Sans or Futura is like choosing Mario Mendoza for the baseball Hall of Fame and omitting both Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.
  • (about iPhone) It's a shame this wonderful display is being held back by such a poor selection of installed fonts. Here's to hoping for some TrueType love in future iPhone software updates.

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