Perpetua

rayzb92's picture

I have two questions concerning the Perpetua font.

1. Why is Perpetua by default two points smaller than most other fonts (in Microsoft Word)?
2. What do you think of Perpetua? Do you like it as a body text font?

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Frode Bo Helland's picture

1: This is because the x-height is smaller in relation to the em square.

riccard0's picture

Good for text, but not for all subject matters.

rayzb92's picture

1: This is because the x-height is smaller in relation to the em square

I see, thank you. Personally, I find that quite difficult to work with in Word. Especially when font size 12 is being prescribed.

rayzb92's picture

Good for text, but not for all subject matters.

Ok. So it works for student papers.

Martin Silvertant's picture

Especially when font size 12 is being prescribed.

I think that's your issue. People who prescribe a point size of 12 or any other number by default don't know anything about typography.

riccard0's picture

Let’s hope no one finds out how many millions of dollars the US government could save in toner expenses switching to Perpetua for all its official documents! ;-)

So it works for student papers.

It depends on the subject of the paper. It’s quite a delicate typeface.

rayzb92's picture

I think that's your issue. People who prescribe a point size of 12 or any other number by default don't know anything about typography.

Exactly. My school's guidelines prescribe point size 12 for theses. But Verdana 12 is much larger than Times New Roman 12, etc. Such a shame many people are so shallow when it comes to typography. It irritates me to see other students use the default style and fonts in Word... is there such a thing as typography blindness?!

rayzb92's picture

Let’s hope no one finds out how many millions of dollars the US government could save in toner expenses switching to Perpetua for all its official documents! ;-)

The U.S. Government and saving money. Isn't that an oxymoron?

It depends on the subject of the paper. It’s quite a delicate typeface.

Perpetua was used for the official wedding programme for the Royal Wedding in 2011. So yes, it's quite delicate. Too delicate for an ordinary marketing thesis at least...

Martin Silvertant's picture

is there such a thing as typography blindness?!

Well, you can't see what you don't know. Most people are indeed typographically blind because they lack the knowledge to see it. I'm blind in most other areas. My dad and brother often talk about specific car brands and car models. I don't see any of that; I just see cars. When it comes to typography, most people just see sans and serif.

rayzb92's picture

You're right. You have to put things into perspective.

rayzb92's picture

Perpetua truly is a beautiful typeface. It is quintessentially British. I hope Microsoft will supply it with Office forever...

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