I am curious to know what other designers use in regards to fonts in their
web applications. For the longest time I have used Verdana 10pt. I have
read articles about how Verdana is larger than other fonts at the same font
size, etc, but is that reason enough to use it?
My questions then are:
1. What fonts do you use in your applications? (type and size)
2. What lead you to use those particular fonts? (studies, research,
3. Does it even matter? Obviously it would not be cool to have your entire
application in Comic Sans, but in general, are fonts an issue? Does Tahoma
vs Arial vs Verdana a critical design decision?
My curiosity comes from a problem I am solving where we present a large
amount of data in a data grid/table. At Verdana 10pt, everything fits on a
single row. At 11pt, things are a little bigger, but not super squished.
At 12pt, things become illegible, and data within columns has to now be on 2
lines in the row, making the rows that much fatter, and limiting the amount
of data that can be presented on the page. There are a few Business
Analysts that are saying that we need to use the bigger font, but it
completely changes how and what data we would even present on the page,
considering that the larger type takes up so much space. Ugh.