What’s Your Favorite Font For Standard Web Text? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you all to tell us how much hard drive space you have. While a few people shocked us with figures of around 40 TB for their household, most people seem to have less than 1 TB.

We collected 761 votes split up as follows: 30% voters have between 1-3 TB hard drive space in their house; 16% have 3-5 TB; 15% have between 500 GB and 1 TB; 15% have more than 5 TB; 14% have 250-500 GB; 6% have 100-250 GB; and 5% have less than 100 GB.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

If you consider all the voters with less than 1 TB storage it comes to around 40% of people.

This week’s poll question is: What’s Your Favourite Font For Standard Web Text?

This is mainly for the web designers out there, because we know you’ll have a favourite font up your sleeve. But I’m sure there are other designers and aficionados of good fonts who have clear preferences as to what they like to see on websites. So, what are they?

The poll has been made so that you can list any and all fonts you love. This means you can also give your preference for Serif versus Sans Serif while you tell us your favourite fonts.

If you are a web designer, feel free to let us know in the comments what your ideal standard font designation is. What’s first on the list? And then what?

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Comments (11)
  • Burrowsnz

    I question whether sans fonts are the best choices.

    I’ve tested several fonts for contrast on the screen by using a four line sample text, changing the font for both sans and serif fonts, counting the number of black pixels for each sample.

    Georgia has more pixels than Arial. Charis SIL, an open source serif font, has distinctly more that Georgia.

    I used Charis for a projected PDF multipage presentation and it worked well.

    One should always be suspicious of default setting: more often than not an easy or a convenient choice for programmers rather than necessarily the best choice for the potential end use.

  • Creative Labor

    Verdana or the Arial family fonts are usualy the best choices. Depending on the purpose, one must beware of readability and… compatibility.

  • Burrowsnz

    I’m pleased to see that two respondents have expressed an opinion based of ‘readability’.

    There should be no ‘favorite’ font, but which is the best font for the web page purpose. Extended text requires a difference approach to a data table, etc.

    I prefer to distinguish between legibility and readability.

    Legibility:
    that combination of type and display that best aids the ease and speed with which the reader can recognise the structure and content of the text;

    and

    Readability:
    the choice and order of words and typographic cues that best allows the reader to comprehend the text.

  • Perez Studios

    I am a fan of Century Gothic.  

  • Ankur

    Verdana is very clear to read 

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