To look at Times is to gaze into the void.

—Here’s my first Terry* Blog post!—

I’m a wordy.

I consider my Roget’s Thesaurus a close personal friend. I wait for the perfect opportunity to use a new word. Troglodyte for example.

“Brian! Do your dishes. Ugh…you’re such a troglodyte.”

That’ll be a good day.

When I use these new words in conversation I can articulate the sentiment physically. But in print and online, I need to meet them with an appropriate vehicle for delivery. That’s why typography is one of my greatest passions.

Typography for Lawyers is a useful resource for those who do not know the difference between serif and sans-serif. While the site emphasizes typographic examples to support litigation, the content is easily applicable to academic, resume or business literature.

Easy to navigate, the site provides succinct detail into why you shouldn’t use Times [New] Roman:

“Times 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 is to gaze into the void.”

The master of the site, Matthew Butterick ­­­­­­— a designer turned lawyer, dismisses my preference for sans-serifs. Despite disagreeing on the grand serifs VS sans-serifs debate, he builds a strong case for good typography. His concern that lawyers aren’t making smart font choices highlights the importance of typography when we draft documents. We write to convince and persuade, but it’s hard to influence a reader when they feel like they are gazing into the void.

So I pose to you Terry readers, what is your favourite font? I’ve already posed this query to my arts and fine arts friends and I’m delightfully curious to hear what science, engineering, international development and other students have to say. How do you communicate your message?

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4 Responses to “To look at Times is to gaze into the void.”

  1. ShawnForde

    When I was working as a teacher – PE and science – I would find myself using comic sans quite often for handouts and tests. After reading your article and doing some research I feel slightly shamed. In fact, I found a ‘ban comic sans’ movement I’m not sure why I chose it. I think that resources I received from other teachers used it and it seemed light and fun; it is almost apologetic. It was like – I’m sorry I’m making you learn, but check out this fun font.

    Thanks for the post Brad. It has given me ample procrastination material, as now I’m going to search out some favourite fonts. After checking out that link you posted I have now gone through this comment to make sure I only have one space between sentences. It might take some time to adjust.

  2. Waterdog

    I just sent out a cover letter and resume the other day. Thinking of your post about Times, I used Georgia instead.

    Interesting and unusual pick for your first post. Thanks for sharing the link, I’ll be perusing that site more in the future.

  3. Jon Strang

    People in Vancouver are really passionate about fonts! I blogged about this a week ago at It’s not a self-plug. I republish a funny infographic about how to choose an appropriate font that you might like.

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