Swiss Interface Syndrome

Arial vs Helvetica

Swiss Interface Syndrome:
John Gruber over at Daring Fireball pointed me at Sebastian de With’s outstanding gripe on interface design and rendering type on monitors in small pixel-sizes. This is not an easy problem to solve and you can really, truly, do a miserable job of it. I think that not enough people understand fonts in general and that UI design has suffered as a consequence. Yes, there are many other reasons why UI design has suffered, but type-abuse is a really easy low-hanging fruit to pick. *

Sebastiaan de With on the garish practice of mixing Helvetica with Lucida Grande in Mac UI design.

Let’s not get started on the ages-old Arial vs Helvetica fight.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

* In no way do I imply or intend to imply that I have not committed terrible sins against UI design sensibilities or font rendering guidelines myself, but I try to be aware of it. An excellent book on fonts and working with them is the somewhat timeless “Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works” by none other than Erik Spiekermann and, E.M. Ginger.

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