Which font to use for on-screen anti-aliased 10-12pt use?

anonymous's picture

looking for suggestions on what fonts (sans-serif) to use for on-screen anti-aliased use at small type sizes (10-12pts).

any ideas?

I know aliased faces such as from miniml or silkscreen, mini 7, sevenet would all be much more readable, but I really need to find an anti-aliased font to use at those small sizes as well.... are there any that have been designed for on screen use?

victoryb's picture

Set VAG Rounded Light in Fireworks' "crisp anti-alias". It reads pretty well.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Many faces work at that size on screen, provided
you lean toward the bold/medium/demi/heavy side.
Avoid stuff with lots of fine details or counters that
tend to fill in. Thus Meta and Univers work well.
Even Caflisch Script holds up nicely.

Curious: do you need anti-aliased fonts because
they need to work in Flash? (There are
Flash-ready bitmaps out there... fyi.)

If it's for PhotoShop, recent versions have
multiple settings for anti-aliasing--very handy
when it comes to maximizing readability.

anonymous's picture

Thanks for the suggestions!

Yup. This is for Flash use, but it's not because it's a workaround. (I know there are fonts designed to stay aliased in flash).

A few of my explorations have turned up the following fonts that render very well:

Linotype Fruitger NEXT
Linotype Univers
FF Balance
FF Kievit

I also want to test out Linotype Compatil, but I currently don't have a copy. Anyone with experience in using this font for screen?

hrant's picture

I used to use Poppl-Laudatio for many years, and I still like it (not least because you can also use it large on the same "page", since it has a lot of visual interest), but then to my pleasant surprise I found that Rotis (specifically the Sans Ultra Bold) is simply *amazing* at the tiniest sizes!

Here's how: http://www.themicrofoundry.com/other/rotis_12.gif


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