Myndraine

myndraine

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myndraine exampleA sans serif font by Christo­pher Miller, I cat­e­go­rize Myn­draine as a “hand­writ­ing” font, because it feels more hand­writ­ten than most other fonts.

Find­ing a casual, per­sonal, not-too-quirky font like Myn­draine is not easy. So while there are some issues — minor let­terspac­ing prob­lems on Win­dows XP (Safari 5, IE8, IE7) at 12px and smaller, and tops of let­ters get­ting “chopped off” when set at 16px and 11px (cross browser) — I still rec­om­mend this font. If you work within these spe­cific prob­lems, this font could serve you well.

Myn­draine has a large x-height, but due to quirky bowls and shoul­ders is more lively and leg­i­ble at 14px and larger. It’s avail­able for free down­load at fontsquirrel.com.

Filed under "Handwriting", 1 Style, FontSquirrel |

Droid Serif

droid_serif

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droid serif exampleDesigned by Steve Mat­te­son, Type Direc­tor of Ascen­der Corp.

Droid Serif is a tran­si­tional font; it feels more “ide­al­ized” than “writ­ten.” It has a slightly con­densed, “square-feeling” bowl, con­trast between thick and thin strokes, a ver­ti­cal stress, and ter­mi­nals and ser­ifs that don’t look pen-formed. It has a sig­nif­i­cantly larger x-height than Georgia.

Accord­ing to Ascen­der Corp., Droid Serif “fea­tures slightly con­densed let­ter­forms to max­i­mize the amount of text dis­played on small screens. Ver­ti­cal stress, sturdy ser­ifs and open forms con­tribute to the read­abil­ity of Droid Serif while its pro­por­tion and over­all design com­ple­ment its com­pan­ion Droid Sans.”

Droid Serif comes in reg­u­lar, italic, bold, and bold italic. It is avail­able for free down­load at fontsquirrel.com. It is also avail­able for font-linking at google web­fonts.

Filed under 4 Styles, FontSquirrel, Google Fonts, Transitional (Serif) |

Droid Sans

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droid sans exampleDesigned by Steve Mat­te­son, Type Direc­tor of Ascen­der Corp.

Droid Sans is a human­ist sans serif font. Ascen­der describes it as hav­ing “an upright stress, open forms and a neu­tral, yet friendly appear­ance.” Its open aper­a­tures, slightly tapered spurs, and a double-decker g all make Droid Sans feel slightly more hand-written than man­u­fac­tured. It has a slightly nar­row bowl and an x-height that’s only a hair shorter than Verdana’s. Droid Sans also has a gen­er­ous let­ter spac­ing, which makes it eas­ier to read at small sizes, but can make the let­ters feel a lit­tle “loose” when used for headlines.

Droid Sans comes in reg­u­lar and bold. It is avail­able for free down­load at fontsquirrel.com. It is also avail­able for font-linking at google web­fonts.

Filed under 2 Styles, FontSquirrel, Google Fonts, Humanist Sans Serif |

PT Sans Regular

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pt sans exampleDesigned by Alexan­dra Korolkova, Olga Umpel­eva and Vladimir Yefi­mov. Released by ParaType in 2009.

PT Sans is a mod­ern human­ist sans serif font. Imper­fect bowls, slightly tapered spurs, a tear-drop shaped coun­ter­form on the g, and a soft foot ter­mi­nal on the l all make PT Sans feel slightly more hand-written than man­u­fac­tured. It has a slightly nar­row bowl and a smaller x-height than Verdana.

PT Sans comes in reg­u­lar, bold, italic, and bold italic. It is avail­able for free down­load at fontsquirrel.com and at ParaType. It is also avail­able for font-linking at google web­fonts.

Filed under 4 Styles, FontSquirrel, Google Fonts, Humanist Sans Serif, Other Source |

Serif 6 Beta

serif6_beta

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serif 6 beta exampleA font by Chris­t­ian Robert­son (Betatype). Serif 6 Beta is part of a larger fam­ily of fonts called Serif Beta.

Serif 6 Beta has slightly heav­ier strokes than the rest of the fam­ily. Though it is heav­ier than most tran­si­tional fonts, and has rel­a­tively small closed coun­ter­forms on the a and e, its ter­mi­nals, ser­ifs, stress, and bowls feel more tran­si­tional than old style. Serif 6 Beta feels more “ide­al­ized” than “writ­ten.” It has a slightly larger x-height than Georgia.

Serif 6 beta comes in reg­u­lar, italic, bold, and bold italic. It tests well across browsers, though there are some let­terspac­ing issues in Safari on Win­dows XP. The whole fam­ily is avail­able for free down­load at Betatype.

Filed under 4 Styles, Other Source, Transitional (Serif) |