"Font" used to refer to a complete set of characters of one typeface (set of characters that share a common design structure) in a specific size and style. So for a typesetter from 40 years ago, a typeface would be Times New Roman, a font family within it would be Times New Roman demi-bold, and a font within that would be 12-point Times New Roman demi-bold. Since the advent of digital media, the two terms are considered synonymous.

There are also '''Bitmap''', '''[=TrueType=]''', and '''[=PostScript=]''' fonts. Bitmap fonts have glyphs as, well, bitmaps, at different point sizes. Most of these have only one bit to tell the system if a specified pixel is used by the character or not. Most systems will allow you to use bitmap fonts at point sizes other than what the font has, but results aren't pretty. [=PostScript=] fonts are the first vector-based font, used by printers that supported the [=PostScript=] language. The first iterations of [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] and UsefulNotes/MacOS couldn't actually ''show them on screen'', so a bitmap version of the font was still needed. Adobe Type Manager, available for Mac OS and Windows, would let you see the fonts (even anti-alias them), but current versions of Windows and Mac OS do this by themselves. [=TrueType=] was made to compete with [=PostScript=] by Microsoft and Apple, and a bitmap font is not needed. It also uses a different way of doing curves than [=PostScript=].

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In order to correct visually uneven spacing between two particular characters in a font, there is a process called '''kerning'''. It adds or subtracts space between characters.

It can be confused with '''letter-spacing or tracking''', which refers to the amount of space between letters in a piece of text. Tight spacing usually benefits large types, but it has a subjective feeling ("fast talking like in advertising") whereas wider spacing increases legibility of small fonts, and creates an association of a more “objective voice”. In excess, the text can look affected.

And just for the fun of it, [[http://i.imgur.com/ftQLI45.png here's a handy flowchart for designers]].


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[[folder: Serifs are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serif embellishments details ]]
added at the extremes of the strokes of some letters.]]
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_New_Roman Times New Roman]]'''. A traditionally styled font originally commissioned for newspaper columns, and thus designed to fit the maximum amount of text into a narrow space without sacrificing either readability or aesthetics. Was for many years the default font in most word processors, mainly due to being one the only fonts available by default on Windows, but is still a major standard.[[note]]To be specific, a 12-point font size is a standard in general writing. You would have to be crazy to write an entire book in [[{{Doorstopper}} 10-point font]].[[/note]] Ubiquitous as a result, especially in non-professional work. Accused of being SoOkayItsAverage, but [[BoringButPractical it does its job]] with a good balance of readability and economy of space. Used in several books and newspapers. Before the advent of digital typesetting almost all British paperbacks were set either in Times New Roman or the more old-fashioned looking '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantin_%28typeface%29 Plantin]]'''. Using it on a Web site, however, tends to brand the creator as a noob.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_(typeface) Georgia]]'''. Has larger characters than Times New Roman, with old-style (or "lowercase") figures. One of the first fonts explicitly designed for computers, emphasizing on-screen legibility.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trajan_%28typeface%29 Trajan]]''' is the [[FilmPosters film poster font]].
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garamond Garamond]]''' and '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baskerville Baskerville]]''' (an updated '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caslon Caslon]]''', a British font used in the American colonies and in historic documents, like the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Still used and highly considered today). They offer formality and elegance.
** OlderThanTheyThink: (1480–1561), (1757) and (1722-1757), respectively.
*** Perhaps not surprisingly, Baskerville is used in some editions of the Literature/SherlockHolmes books.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarendon_%28typeface%29 Clarendon]]'''. Common in {{wanted poster}}s (like the "REWARDS" text in [[http://daveng.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/wanted.jpg]]) of TheWildWest, logotypes and old traffic signs.
* '''[[http://www.fontyukle.net/en/Traktir.ttf Traktir]]''' is another slab serif typeface evoking the look and feel of 19th-century papers and posters. It's bilingual, with both Latin and Cyrillic letters (the latter was often used in TsaristRussia).
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Modern Computer Modern]]''', the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaTeX LaTeX]] font. Is a didone type (horizontal lines are thinner than the vertical parts).
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodoni Bodoni]]'''. Also a didone, this [[OlderThanTheyThink historic]] font is suitable for posters, headlines or logos.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambria_Math#Cambria_Math Cambria Math]]''' is the default, and only shipped, font for the current Equation Editor in Word. Other fonts, such as the Times-like '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XITS_font_project XITS Math]]''', are available for download and sort of compatible with Equation Editor.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatino Palatino]]'''. Classic one, easy to read.
** '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatino#Variants_and_similar_typefaces Book Antiqua]]'''. SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooper_Black Cooper Black]]'''. Created in 1921, but generally associated with TheSeventies due to its popularity in that era.
* The '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_type_family Century]]''' family, especially '''Century Schoolbook''', modern fonts that date from the 1890s, gives a feeling of old books, but today it's more commonly known by lawyers across the United States for being the font the [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court]] uses--and makes ''them'' use if they submit anything to them.


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[[folder: While serif fonts are more usual in print, sans serifs are widely used online. There is no agreement in which of the two has better readability (facility to read text) and legibility (to recognize characters). ]]

* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calibri Calibri]]'''. In 2010, it became the default typeface in, among others, Microsoft Office, substituting for Times New Roman and Arial. Not recommended for use on Web sites, however, because at the same point size it is noticeably smaller than all of the sans-serif fonts that can be used as a fallback.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_Gothic Century Gothic]]'''. Geometric counterpart to '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITC_Avant_Garde ITC Avant Garde]]'''. For headlines and short texts.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_%28typeface%29 Chicago]]'''. The default font for [[UsefulNotes/MacOS Macintosh]] computers for System 7 and earlier. Later [=Mac OSes=] replaced it with '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charcoal_%28typeface%29 Charcoal]]''', '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucida_Grande Lucida Grande]]''', and most recently '''Helvetica''' (see below).
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurostile Eurostile]]'''. Known for its squarish round letters, most iconic in its extended (widened) form. Common on electronic equipment in the '70s and '80s. Still manages to retain a futuristic feel, though some would argue that it's slipping into {{Zeerust}} territory.
** For those who do think Eurostile Extended is showing its age, there's the even more geometric '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_Gothic Bank Gothic]]'''. [[{{Irony}} Originally designed in the 1930s]] as an industrial font, it has spent most of the last decade being slapped on anything and everything that needs to scream TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
** Eurostile and Bank Gothic are so commonly used to convey a futuristic setting that they now have their own trope: TypesetInTheFuture.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Gothic Franklin Gothic]]'''. Makes sense for headlines and minor design elements. Popular with the [[YanksWithTanks U.S. Army]].
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frutiger Frutiger]]'''. Originally designed for use on airport signs, it is notable for being easy to read from a wide range of angles and distances. Quite popular, it has a clean modern look.
** '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIN_1451 DIN 1451]]''' fonts are very similar, invented in Germany in the 1930's as an industrial standard.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futura_%28typeface%29 Futura]]'''. Geometric type (therefore a very modern look) used extensively as a general-purpose font.
** Its Bauhaus style is good for a movie set in TheFifties or early-to-mid Sixties and you want to show signage at a research laboratory or tables in a science textbook (even though it is considered more a font from TheThirties, where it may also be found, but more in the context of something high end, like a fine arts publication).
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotham_%28typeface%29 Gotham]]'''. Commissioned by GQ magazine to be geometrical and look "masculine, new, and fresh", though it was purportedly modeled after machine-cut signage from the mid twentieth century. Now associated with UsefulNotes/BarackObama, whose campaigns made extensive use of it. Its use has ''exploded'' [[ColbertBump since then]]; most amusingly, it is used in the new logo for Creator/DCComics.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetica Helvetica]]'''. Designed to be the 'perfect' typeface; meaning it could be used on almost any design or purpose. By the end of the 20th century, it and its clones has been [[GoneHorriblyRight overused by amateurs and professionals alike]].
** One of Helvetica's most famous uses was for the lettering of ship names on the Space Shuttle Orbiter Fleet.
** Helvetica is the font used for most things on TV Tropes (when text isn't set to the individual browser default). The monospaced font we have is Courier.
** '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arial Arial]]'''. SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
*** [[http://www.ms-studio.com/articlesarialsid.html Here]] is a page about some of the differences between Arial and Helvetica. [[http://www.ironicsans.com/helvarialquiz/ This]] is a 20-question quiz for telling apart the two fonts, using well-known logos designed in Helvetica and converted to Arial.
*** As a rule of thumb, if you're viewing this page on a Windows computer, it will by default be in Arial. If you are viewing it on a Mac, it is probably Helvetica.
** '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Univers Univers]]'''. TheRival: Both were created the same year (1957) and are extremely legible. Univers has wider letter-spacing.
** '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myriad_(typeface) Myriad]]'''. SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The author claims so. Although, realistically, it bears more of a resemblance to Frutiger.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithos Lithos]]''' gives a primitive-ethnic feel. Good if you have a movie set in TheNineties and want to show a restaurant menu.
* '''[[http://www.houseind.com/fonts/neutraface Neutra Display]]''' is a recent retro-style (roughly mid-20th century) font that has begun to take off among designers who want something a bit more distinct than Futura. Features a distinct low center line, which extends to the entire lower-case set as well as letters like "E" and "R".
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roboto Roboto]]'''. The "Android font" as of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Released for desktop systems by Google in 2012.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segoe Segoe]]'''. As "Segoe UI", the Microsoft user interface font for Windows Vista and 7, along with Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010. A slightly-different version of Segoe is the font for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Considered a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Frutiger and Myriad.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trebuchet_MS Trebuchet]]'''. Designed in 1996, and named for the medieval siege engine. Used by this site.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdana Verdana]]'''. Sans serif counterpart to Georgia. Both were created by Microsoft. '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tahoma_(typeface) Tahoma]]''' is a narrower, more tightly-spaced variant also created by Microsoft.
** ReplacementScrappy: Some felt that Ikea lost part of his identity when Verdana, in 2009, replaced Futura as the default font for their catalogs.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnston_(typeface) Johnston]]''': An early "humanist" sans-serif font, designed 1916 by Edward Johnston for the UsefulNotes/LondonUnderground, designed to be clean and modern but also friendly. Very useful for signage, rather like Frutiger.
** '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gill_Sans Gill Sans]]''' A very similar humanist sans-serif font, designed in 1928-32 by Johnston's student, Eric Gill. Also used for signage.
** Both Gill Sans and Johnston are seen as quintessentially British modern fonts; seeing them show up is a reasonably good indication that whatever is using it is connected to contemporary Britain.


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[[folder: Meant to imitate handwriting or calligraphy. ]]

* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Sans Comic Sans MS]]'''. An informal script font for funny stuff. Almost [[ComicallyMissingThePoint never used appropriately]].
** LoveItOrHateIt: Most designers are on the hate wagon, but its users show their love writing everything in it. [[UpToEleven Especially in pink]].
** It's not even a very good font for comic lettering, for a number of reasons. One of the major ones being that the letters do not "flow" together well; they look almost as if they had been cut and pasted randomly from a comic book page like a ransom note. Another is that the capital I is available only with bars on the top and bottom, which is considered bad form beyond writing the word "I". Blambot provides a number of better comic fonts -- Digital Strip and Anime Ace among them -- but they lack lower-case forms, which is a big part of Comic Sans' appeal in non-comic use.
** Does have an advantage in that dyslexic people are able to read words written in Comic Sans easier than any other default font - precisely because the letters do not flow. Since dyslexia makes letters appear distorted and overlay each other, this is a great advantage.
** [[http://www.vatican.va/bxvi/omaggio/index_en.html The Vatican loves this font.]]
** CERN [[http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2014/04/cern-switch-comic-sans declared it their official font]], [[CallBack referencing]] the fact that their Higgs Boson announcement presentation was in it (which the internet found [[{{Bathos}} amusing]]).[[note]]It was an AprilFoolsDay joke.[[/note]]
** TheScrappy: To a lot of people.
** Two Mac fonts, Apple Casual and Chalkboard, look similar to Comic Sans, but neither has an oblique version.
** '''[[http://comicneue.com/ Comic Neue]]''' and '''[[http://loudifier.com/comic-relief/ Comic Relief]]''': Two attempts to create a less Scrappy version of Comic Sans.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monotype_Corsiva Monotype Corsiva]]'''. To add a casual feeling to invitations, personal cards and short sponsored texts.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuenstler_Script Kuenstler Script]]''' and '''[[http://www.identifont.com/show?244U Snell Roundhand]]'''. Highly formal, based on elaborated calligraphy from the 17th and 18th centuries.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaufmann_%28typeface%29 Kaufmann]]''', '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistral_%28typeface%29 Mistral]]''', '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom_Casual Dom Casual]]''' (which has a freehand effect similar to Comic Sans) and '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brush_Script Brush Script]]'''. Casual script typefaces (they emulate informal handwriting). Very popular in advertising and entertaining magazines.
** Dom Casual peaked in popularity in the mid-'50s to early '70s, when it was (over)used much as Comic Sans is now. Today it's most often used when a "retro" look is desired.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segoe#Variations Segoe Print]]'''. Another font introduced in Windows Vista and Office 2007, presumably meant to displace Comic Sans as the informal/faux-handwriting font of choice.
* [[http://www.galapagosdesign.com/original/maiand.htm Maiandra GD]] is a font based on an early example of Oswald Cooper’s hand lettering in an advertisement for a book on home furnishing in the early 20th century, which was itself [[ArtImitatesArt based on examples of letterforms from Greek epigraphy]]. Similar to Comic Sans without falling into ItsPopularSoItSucks mentality; Malandra can be used in many of the places where Comic Sans would actually be ''appropriate'' without inciting "RAWR COMIC SANS!" rage.


[[folder: Monospaced ]]
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[[folder: Each character occupies the same amount of horizontal space. ]]

* '''[[http://www.ms-studio.com/FontSales/anonymous.html Anonymous TrueType and Anonymous Pro]]'''. Initially designed for Macs, these got exported to other operating systems. Popular with coders and some developers, they have a very clean look. Often overlooked because of compatibility issues.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courier_New#Courier_New Courier New]]'''. Looks like typewriting. The font of choice for screenwriters; nearly every guide to writing a screenplay says to use this font. 12-point Courier was also the font used by the US Department of State until 2004, when they switched to 14-point Times New Roman. Also great for plain text e-mails, code, and [[MemeticMutation rageface comics]]. [[http://quoteunquoteapps.com/courierprime/ Courier Prime]] is an attempt to create a prettier, more screenplay-friendly version of it.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OCR-A_font OCR-A]]'''. Bar code or credit card font. Was created in 1968 to be easily recognized by computers. It has a retro-futuristic look, so it's also used in advertising and display graphics.
** '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OCR-B OCR-B]]''': Also for optical character recognition, but has a less technical appearance.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucida_%28font%29#Samples Lucida Console]]''' is the typeface used in the blue screen of death in Windows XP and Windows CE, as well as the default font for Notepad. It's also the only font that can replace the default one in the Command Prompt. In other platforms there is '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucida_%28font%29#Samples Lucida Typewriter]]'''.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolas Consolas]]''', a favorite among programmers because of its clean look, especially when text anti-aliasing ([=ClearType=] in Microsoft land) is used. Strangely, it did not replace Lucida Console as the default font in Notepad.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixedsys Fixedsys]]''' is a very old console-based font. Unlike almost everything above, Fixedsys is ''not'' [=TrueType=]; the characters are encoded as pixels rather than lines and curves. Was the default font for Notepad on older versions of Windows, and still finds use where terminal programs are involved.


[[folder: Emphasis ]]
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agency_FB Agency FB]]'''. A narrow, geometric font recognizable for its open capital "R". Popular in recent years for video game logos, including the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' and ''VideoGame/RedFaction'' franchises.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_Gothic Bank Gothic]]'''. A small-caps font with a simple, geometric design. Popular as a logotype for anything that needs to convey "serious business", particularly for subheadings.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_(typeface) Impact]]'''. Considered amateurish, it's good for making lists or standing text out. White-with-black-border Impact is used in an awful lot of image [[MemeticMutation memes]].
** '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haettenschweiler Haettenschweiler]]''': An alternative. It's used in the Joytube.com "Concentrate Plus" game.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarendon_%28typeface%29#French_Clarendon French Clarendon]]'''[[http://www.wlbooks.com/wlbooks/images/items/58529.jpg]]. Apart from Clarendon, this variation was used in the wanted posters to highlight a word or phrase.
* '''[[http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/paratype/rodchenko-cond/ Rodchenko]]''' is the archetypal, hammy, totalitarian SФVIЭT PЯФPAGДИDA PФSTЭЯ font.
* '''[[http://www.linotype.com/1465/serpentine-family.html Serpentine]]'''. Used a lot in the 1990s and early 21st century by brands that wanted to look hip and edgy, most notably the ''007'' franchise.


[[folder: Creative ]]
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papyrus_(typeface) Papyrus]]'''. [[ForeignLookingFont Ancient-looking font]].
** [[SerialEscalation Another]] LoveItOrHateIt font: it gets [[http://www.papyruswatch.com/ slapped on]] to '''''everything''''' despite it being specifically designed to evoke [[BuffySpeak Egyptian-ness]]. Unlike Comic Sans, though, it at least looks decent in its own right; there just aren't many places where it's appropriate.
* '''[[http://fontzone.net/font-details/rickshaw Rickshaw,]]''' '''[[http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/solotype/buddha/ Buddha,]]''' '''[[http://www.fontspring.com/fonts/jeff-levine/china-doll-jnl China Doll,]]''' and numerous other [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonton_font "wonton fonts".]] Commonly used to convey an Asian, Chinese, and/or Japanese atmosphere, but there's little LoveItOrHateIt involved -- designers consider them all overused and trite, while some Asians find them offensive or racist. Even so, they still get regular use, particularly from lazy designers or small businesses out to emphasize their Asian-ness.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curlz Curlz]]''' and '''[[http://www.identifont.com/show?3FR ITC Viner Hand]]''' seem to have become the stereotypical gothic typefaces.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingdings Wingdings]]''' and '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webdings Webdings]]'''. A series of Microsoft dingbat (symbols instead of letters and numbers) fonts. Not to be confused with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miscellaneous_Symbols Unicode symbols]], these fonts use symbols mapped to actual keyboard letters (such as [[http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2006/05/23/604741.aspx J for a smiley face]]).
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlett Marlett]]''' is a symbol font used internally by Windows to create user interface icons.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_%28typeface%29 Broadway]]''', created in 1927. Popular with works set in the 1930s.
* '''[[http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/cheapprofonts/bleeding-cowboys-pro/ Bleeding Cowboys]]''' is quickly becoming a new LoveItOrHateIt font due to it being used in a lot of things trying to achieve a "grungy" or "edgy" look. Its flair and grunge texture make it very easily to identify when it's used. A "pro" version at least allows some variety to be achieved.


[[folder: Advertising and Corporate Identity ]]

Many brands develop close associations with fonts.
* Times New Roman is so named entirely because it was commissioned by ''[[BritishNewspapers The Times]]'' of London in 1931. It still uses a variant today; probably the only thing that could possibly incense the normally level-headed ''Times'' readers would be if they abandoned the Times font family for something noticeably different.
* BMW today is inextricably linked to Helvetica, and has been for quite some time now.
* Volkswagen has used Futura for decades. They manage to make it look clean ''and'' friendly.
* IKEA also had a historic association with Futura; this was nixed and switched to Verdana, which caused a small outcry among fans of IKEA and Futura.
* Creator/TheBBC uses Gill Sans for its logo and corporate identity.
* The UsefulNotes/LondonUnderground has used Johnston (from which Gill Sans is derived) for a very long time; the rest of Transport for London followed suit when it was formed in 2000.
* In contrast, most [[UsefulNotes/SubwaysOfTheUnitedStates American subway systems]] use Helvetica. Most notable are probably the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkSubway New York City Subway]] and UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro, which both use white-on-black signage throughout their systems.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetica_(film) Helvetica]]''--a documentary about typography.
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'': Despite what Patrick Bateman may tell you, there is not a font called "Silian Rail" -- his card appears to be Garamond. Van Patten's "Romalian type" appears to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didot_%28typeface%29 Didot]]. Bryce's card is Helvetica, Paul Allen's is Copperplate Gothic.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'': In the Bookworld, different fonts are regarded as different languages.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TypeRider'' is a mobile game devoted entirely to the history of typography and fonts, even going as far back as the age of cave paintings.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}''. [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=07052007 Téodor finds the guy who invented Comic Sans]], and the rest of the cast drop what they're doing so they can beat the tar out of him.
* ''[[http://helvetica.jnwiedle.com/ Helvetica]]'' is a comic about reanimated skeletons facing existential crises. The protagonist is also named after a typeface.
* ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' is the [[StylisticSuck deliberately terrible creation]] of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s Dave Strider. So all text in the comic is Comic Sans.
* ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/590/ shows us]] how to [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] a font. [[http://xkcd.com/1015/ This strip]] deals with the frustration in recognizing bad kerning.
* ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' [[http://wondermark.com/650/ features]] a character obsessed with this trope.
* ''Webcomic/NotInventedHere'' demonstrates the annoying results of teaching someone to recognise poor kerning [[http://notinventedhe.re/on/2011-6-23 here]], much like the ''xkcd'' strip above.
-->'''Paul''': See this logo? There's too much space between these two letters. It's called "bad kerning".\\
'''Desmond''': Oh yeah, now that you mention it, I do.\\
'''Desmond''' (looking around): Wait, it's here too... and here... and here...\\
'''Desmond''': ''It's everywhere!''\\
'''Paul''': ''Now I'' can go.
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' introduces [[http://explosm.net/comics/2301/ "The Comic Sans Game".]]


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' has created two shorts based on fonts, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3k5oY9AHHM Font Conference]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6djQHeqMwQ Font Fight]]. Different fonts are personified by different actors, assuming personas suggested by the font names. Thus Comic Sans is a superhero, Wing Dings is a mental patient able to speak only using the names of symbols ("diamonds candle candle flag!"), Futura is a time traveler from the future, Century Gothic is a goth, etc.
* [[http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/im-comic-sans-asshole This]] [=McSweeney's=] piece.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* If you're using UsefulNotes/MozillaFirefox, a handy add-on to tell what fonts are used on a Web page is [[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fontinfo/?src=api fontinfo]]; highlight and right-click on text to use it.
* An interesting kerning exercise can be found [[http://type.method.ac/# here]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The sing-alongs on ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' used Folio Bold to display the lyrics on all used songs except "I'll Follow The Sun."
!!It also provides examples of:
* DiscreditedTrope: For professional print design, most of the '''[[http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html default Windows fonts and their Mac equivalents]]''' fall into this. However, they are very common in Web design because of their high compatibility rate with most browsers.
** To overuse and misuse script fonts, especially Brush Script.
** Though the newer CSS 3 tricks, like @font-face and embedding sites like Google Fonts, allow the use of any font to be use on the web.
* FontAnachronism: For when fonts are used in the wrong time period either by mistake, oversight, or on purpose to evoke a certain era while engaging the general audience.