Fonts of Fame


What font do you write in? Do you have strong feelings about it? It turns out many writers do. Slate has a fascinating slide-show essay marking Helvetica’s fiftieth anniversary, celebrating the font “some have called the official typeface of the 20th century.” In an accompanying article the magazine surveyed a few famous writers and none of them claimed the big H as their lettering of choice (courier won by a landslide–apparently these people have fond memories of their typewriters). If you’re in New York, you might check out the MoMA exhibit celebrating Helvetica’s golden moment.

Ready for a new look yourself? There are hundreds of sites ready to help you get your font on for love or for money–check out Simply the Best Free Fonts as just one example. To be safe, always make sure you scan downloaded files for viruses before starting that new novel.

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