Thursday, January 13, 2011

New app required

Did you know that in the front of modern paperbacks printed in the UK, the publisher generally tells you the font used in the book. But as far as I can see, American publishers don’t. Why is that?

And why is it that Garamond is lovely, but italic Garamond is horrid? We’ve been typesetting the book in Garamond, and only now do I realise how much I hate the Garamond’s italics. (Also, I never realised how often I use italics in my writing.) I am hunting now for a serif font I like that has attractive italics, that aren’t too squashed together and ornate. Any suggestions?
The iPhone should invent a new app that enables you to point your phone at some text, and find out what font it’s printed in.


Jacob Naylor said...

Hello Ms. Hepworth,

I've just been playing around in a certain word processor that you're probably familiar with, and I like the looks of these:

Arno Pro
Chaparral Pro
Palatino Linotype

Just suggestions, of course, but I thought I'd share my two cents. Good luck!

Jacob Naylor

Sue Hepworth said...

Thanks, Jacob! I found Palatino Linotype yesterday and liked it and it's my current favourite. Today I will check out the others.