I consider myself an avid typographer. Fonts and type have always intrigued and interested me. A typeface can completely change the feeling and meaning of words. I have typography running through my veins – my blood type is HELVETICA. (true story)
Fonts.com just sent me their newsletter and the opening featured font was Rabenau. The font is clean and has some interesting characteristics to its serifs. Also – as seen in the sample – the lowercase g has an open descender giving it the feeling of a traditional type with hints of the handwritten style descender.
The quote they used to showcase this font is quite clever and cerebral, and would would not have the same feeling had it been set in a strict monospaced serif font like Courier or some wacky-looking font like Fun House. Granted the font doesn’t change the MEANING of the words, but it changes the connotation of the words and the way they make us feel.
This is a monospaced font. Every letter takes up the same about of horizontal space. In most fonts four i's and four m's would not be equal iiii mmmm
Monospaced fonts are often used to write programming code in because it makes it clearer to present and space out the lines of code and functions.
Helvetica – was specifically designed to overcome the emotions and undertones associated with a font and make the typeface itself TRANSPARENT and help bring clarity and true meaning to the actual words. I see Helvetica as the embodiment of the philosophy laid out by Beatrice Warde in her essay entitled the Crystal Goblet.