Looking for a fresh presentation typeface

Steve_L's picture

Long-time lurker, first-time poster.

I'd like to have a unique voice in my presentation materials. In the past, I have used Frutiger or Myriad (when they were uncommon in business or academic settings); however, now that they've become more common, I'm looking for something new. I've been eyeing Legato, but I don't know if that's the answer (though it could be).

Here are my criteria:

  • I want to stay away from any font pre-installed with Windows, Mac OS, MS Office, or iWork.
  • I'd like the 1,I,l and 0,O,o characters to be easily descernable, but I'm willing to compromise for the right font.
  • The typeface should have some heavier weights, and look good at 30pts+ projected in black on a light background or white on a dark background.

I don't put too many words on a single "slide." Usually it's fewer than six, but there are times that I will put a quote on the screen, and that's when I'll use a lighter weight and more words.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. I'm not sure I want to go with Bliss, as it seems too similar to Gill Sans (the default for Keynote; I want to stay away), but I would consider it.



hrant's picture

Legato is a monument of a font. See my mini-review half-way down this page:


Steve_L's picture

Thanks, Riccardo, for that link. I knew I had seen a discussion like this, but I couldn't find it. It seemed to me that there were a few suggestions, but no resolution from the OP.

I'd like to see something with a heavier weights than Yoga or Tschichold. I'm not sure about Gotham, as it seems to be a more commonly used typface. I'm looking at Mundo Sans, and Apex Sans. And Legato. And I'll check out Vectora (which, surprisingly, I have already).

Another poster suggested Agilita, which has some condensed weights as well (and has four fonts from the family at 85% off right now).

nethgirb's picture

I posted a summary of what I found over at the original thread.

Joshua Langman's picture

Just used Chaparral for a presentation. Not necessarily uncommon, but it worked well (i.e., can deal with low projector resolutions). I have also used Brioso for projections, though, when I knew I would have a decent projector. I also did a presentation with Garamond Premier for text and Seria Sans for captions. People seem to favor sans for projections, but I've never felt there's a good reason to. Nearly any face can work, if you like it and the technology is capable of a reasonably faithful reproduction.

Edit: I assumed that by "presentation" you were talking about projections, but if you are talking about printed handouts, then there is really no technical limitation. Choose something that represents the feel of your presentation and is appropriately legible, etc.

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