Friday, March 29, 2013

WIRTW #267 (the “may the font be with you” edition)

I’m a font geek. When I read a brief that has been drafted in Times New Roman, I get mad. It’s lazy, I think, to use a font just because you can’t figure out how to hit Ctrl-D, pick one more pleasing to the eye, and then click the “Set As Default” button.

Typography for Lawyers agrees with me:

When Times New Roman appears in a book, doc­u­ment, or adver­tise­ment, it con­notes apa­thy. It says, “I sub­mit­ted to the font of least resis­tance.” Times New Roman is not a font choice so much as the absence of a font choice, like the black­ness of deep space is not a color. To look at Times New Roman is to gaze into the void.

For the record, any document you receive under my signature will have been written in Constantia.

In which font do you draft, or are you a lazy Times New Roman writer? Leave a comment below, or tweet your answer using the hashtag #LawyerFont

Here’s the rest of what I read this week:


Social Media & Workplace Technology

HR & Employee Relations

Wage & Hour