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019: Thou shall always choose a typeface with an acceptable range of weights for body text

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Commentary When you need to typeset any amount of body text, please be sure to select a typeface with at least a couple of weights in both roman and bold, and more importantly, one with proper italics. It’s a surprisingly common mistake for designers to choose a font based purely on its looks (not a bad thing per se, so don’t shout me down here) but with little or no consideration for its versatility. Imagine the scenario: The presentation is completed and the “industrial” theme looks wonderful with DIN 1451 as the text font, then the editor calls you up to say, “I want to introduce italics in the running text. How can I do that with this font?” Disaster; there are no italic weights, and don’t you dare add a slant to the roman font! Okay, you could switch to the DIN Open Type collection, which has lots of italic weights, but if you don’t already own it and the client insists they like the typeface you’ve used, you’ve got an unexpected expense against the project’s budget. Serves you right! TS


  

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