Thursday, June 18, 2009
Just My Type
Do font choices reflect personality?
I know I have associations about certain fonts. In general fonts with serif seem more stable and a sans serif more casual to me. And for some reason Helvetica reminds me of trains, highways, and airports.
I’ve read that people who choose Courier may be considered conformists, that Times (the default type on Word documents, I believe) is considered to be very traditional and Times New Roman is a compromise between tradition and modern, while Georgia supposedly has more of a “rock chick” feel - although I’m not at all sure what is meant by that. There are fonts that I know I feel like I can take less “seriously”, as if the words they are writing are just joking around. Other fonts seem to be trying too hard.
Lexmark Printers apparently commissioned psychologist Dr. Aric Sigman to write The Psychology of Fonts. You can read more about that in this article: The Font of All Personality.
Font Marketplace has a type selector. You can choose type based on a specific project such as your resume or Valentine’s Day or by category: serious or historical or fun.
Pretty cool I think, with a type preview section. I might like to back there again.
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