A good variety of choices of headlines and text fonts are necessary for book and magazine design. In classical book and magazine publishing, serif fonts have most often been chosen for text, as these have historically been seen as the most legible in longer passages. On the other hand, Modern literature is commonly set with sans serif fonts, because of their associations with 20th Century Modernism. Additionally, Headlines and experimental design allow for more creative styles of fonts, as they are often used in larger sizes. Magazines and newspapers often combine serif and sans serif fonts on one page, i.e., serif fonts for body text, sans serif for headlines or captions.
Many prominent book publishers use Linotype fonts in their work, e.g., the German Foundation Stiftung Buchkunst
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| Typewriter Fonts
Many classical book typefaces that were developed centuries ago have been re-engineered for use with digital technology over the past few decades. These faces steadily remain among the most popular choices for book and magazine designers.
Ever since the beginning of the 20th Century, sans serif typefaces have been used more and more often. Many of the “old style” sans serifs have been redeveloped recently; Frutiger, Univers, and Helvetica have all been extended by Linotype, in many cases with the help of their original designers. These updates have brought these favorites in line with the cutting-edge digital technology used by many typographic designers today.
Contemporary designers often use typewriter fonts to give their work a nostalgic feeling. Often, these fonts are used in books when a passage, quotation, or insert requires the mechanical appearance of a typewriter, or other primitive writing machine. Many Fanzines and “independent” magazines use typewriter fonts in experimental design layouts.
Headline fonts for books and magazines have much more experimental freedom in their design and usage parameters. Many times, these fonts are used to express the sentiments of a magazine’s producers, or to help carry along the theme of an article. Of course, especially unusual headlines can become part of a book or magazine’s identity, and curiosity around a font can help generate readership.