Akkurat appears strange in Indesign?

Phil Baber's picture

When I set type in Akkurat using Indesign, it looks incredibly odd on screen. Glyphs
such as o, d, e, c, u appear to drop strangely far beneath the baseline, and the copy in
general looks quite pixelated and 'bitty'. When I zoom in both these effects dissapear.

When I print type below 13 point on a high quality inkjet printer, the strange baseline
and bitty appearance are still apparent, but significantly less so than on screen.

Is this the same for other people who use Akkurat, or can anyone think of any reason
why this would be?

Thanks,

Phil

Stephen Coles's picture

This is a result of poor hinting. The font will do fine in offset or laser printing, but there's not much you can do about the onscreen appearance short of emailing Lineto and urging them to up da hint factor.

Phil Baber's picture

Thanks Stephen

Chris Keegan's picture

Given their prices you would think something like that wouldn't be happening, or am I wrong in thinking that?

Stephen Coles's picture

Hinting can be a tedious process. Perhaps they assume their fonts will most likely be used in print.

Chris Keegan's picture

So it's not unusual then to have this problem?

Stephen Coles's picture

Sadly, no. Pray for 300dpi displays. They aren't far off.

Miguel Sousa's picture

> Hinting can be a tedious process

Hopefully the AFDKO 2.0 will change that :)

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