I have a real thing for fonts.
For quite some time now, this blog has been sporting Noto Serif, which I fell in love with when I saw it used in the WordPress theme Twenty Fifteen. Many people think sans serif fonts are more suitable for plain text like this, others disagree and I can’t make up my mind what to think. I do admit that sometimes it strikes me a certain font is easy on the eyes — I remember thinking about that in NYTimes, for one. It’s probably not about the font alone — the size, line-height and colour also play an important role.
While I had the Mac there was one font I really liked, called Gill Sans, and I used it all the time for email. Kind of pointless though, because most likely the other person wouldn’t have it installed unless they had a Mac. That’s what’s so wonderful about Google Fonts, at least in the blog. If there’s any down-side to it, it would be one gets easily caught up browsing there — there are so many nice ones.
Now I’ve found a font in Goolge that looks pretty similar to Gill Sans — Lato — so I’ve applied it here in the blog text. The headlines are Merriweather.
The other day I was taken back to an old blog of mine, from 2011 — they have those Facebook Memories that show up every day, and there was a link to my own blog. It was baffling to see the small font I used!
What was I thinking?! I think we all have become used to a larger font size now, with the advent of all the mobile devices. Could, of course have something to do with my ageing eyes…