A ceative font for my fount of creativity!
March 10, 2010 9:00 PM   Subscribe

I would like to write in a typeface that beckons to an unreasonable future populated by ludicrous characters, yet isn't unbearable to read a few hours at a time on a 24" iMac monitor or 13" iBook laptop.

I am writing a series of science-fiction short stories, closer to Spider Robinson and Warren Ellis in tone and theme than further. What readable, contemporary (preferably freely downloadable or reasonably cheap) font would work best when slapping down prose in TextEdit?

Note, I have an alergic reaction to Helvetica, and indeed most of the fonts included with Mac OS X, when not part of a logo of some sort. Windows-standard fonts make me sad about having to use a PC at work. Neither will do.

Also note, I'll convert to Times New Roman if I decide to submit it someplace for publication, or use something web-appropriate if I decide to web publish. I'm talking about a display font to make the creative process more pleasant and inspiring.
posted by Slap*Happy to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Try Kontrapunkt, Inconsolata, or Futura.
posted by oulipian at 9:42 PM on March 10, 2010

I second Inconsolata. Though, it is a monospaced font, it's very readable even after staring at it for hours (I know of a few people that use it for coding).
posted by thebestsophist at 9:53 PM on March 10, 2010

Iconsolata is a good one... recalls Lucida Console (or any other basic console font).

Kontrapunkt looks good for logo work, i'm not sure i could read that for hours on end.

Museo Sans might work, or perhaps inject a little bit of vaudeville/steampunk to the mix.
posted by phylum sinter at 10:25 PM on March 10, 2010

Best answer: Eurostile?

Regardless of font, you might also try setting your font color to a dark gray instead of black. I use this trick a lot and the reduced contrast makes it much easier to read long passages.
posted by mochapickle at 7:38 AM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

Bitstream Vera? Available as serif, sans, and sans mono, which is what I read e-mail in.
posted by adamrice at 7:52 AM on March 11, 2010

I like dead history, but not sure how easy it is to read for hours.
posted by nightwood at 8:07 AM on March 11, 2010

Anonymous Pro (free) has become my go-to programming font. If it's not your cup of tea that designer has some other nice fonts available and they're pretty cheap.
posted by chairface at 11:10 AM on March 12, 2010

Consolas is probably the nicest programming font i've used. You can grab it from Microsoft for free now.
posted by chunking express at 1:17 PM on March 15, 2010

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