May 30, 2007
Real Writers Use Courier 12
Slate asks a bunch of writers to describe the fonts they use to compose new drafts. An astonishing number love Courier! Ack!
Here’s one of my favorite rationales, though:
I like Courier because it seems provisional — I can still change my mind — whereas Times New Roman and its analogues look like book faces, meaning that they feel nailed down and immovable. I also like the fact that in Courier each letter is accorded the exact same amount of space, which I think is only fair to the i and the l.
I have no special font preference but I do tend to draft things in 14-point instead of 12-. That way I can lean back a bit further… judge a bit deeper… also, it makes me feel like I’m accomplishing more.
How about you, Snarkmatrix?