Typefaces for broadcast tv

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    • #66063
      AvatarJoshua
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      I normally would go with something safe like Helvetica (nobody ever got fired for using Helvetica!) but I'm creating a few graphics for the public access station I work at and want something that'll stand out more. I don't want a goofy or overused font like Comic Sans or Papyrus, it has to be a professional-looking font that would look great when put onto broadcast television. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

       

      Josh

    • #207727
      Mike WilhelmMike Wilhelm
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      I agree that you should avoid Comic Sans and Papyrus. Helvetica is always a good choice. Impact is overused, but it works well. 

       

      In the end, the specific fon't doesn't matter as much as the fact that it has to be functional (and hopefully stylish). Greg Olson wrote a blog on this recently that might provide some insight.

       

      http://www.videomaker.com/videonews/2012/11/5-tips-for-choosing-and-using-fonts

    • #207738
      AvatarJoshua
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      Thanks Mike, the link you included had some tips that have definitely narrowed my choices down. I'll take a look through some sans serif fonts and just go through some trial-and-error to find what works best.

       

      Josh

    • #207749
      Avatarrs170a
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      This article was written for DV video but, in my opinion, is applicable to any kind of video.

      http://library.creativecow.net/articles/hodgetts_philip/titles.php

       

      Mike

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