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Best for desktop publishing and is the most full-featured font format (although OT-savvy apps such as InDesign are required to access advanced typographic control).

Created for use with Microsoft Office.

Optimized for use exclusively on web pages. Self-hosted or hosted through Typekit, these fonts are perpetually licensed based on the number of pageviews per month for all sites in an organization using the font.

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Small Text

A FontList

Curated by
Nick Sherman

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Since the earliest days of typography, there have been efforts to render text at small sizes, usually to fit within limited spacial constraints. Small type is subject to so many constraints which make it challenging to design. Whatever form it may ultimately take – be it stock numbers on newsprint, website photo credits on computer screens, or mouseprint legalese in television commercials – there are bound to be a handful of technical and cognitive issues which require much more consideration than with larger type.

Though my personal fondness of large-scale type is no secret, my interest in the other end of the size spectrum came to me first, while preparing a college research project on Bell Centennial, Matthew Carter’s typeface for phonebooks.

The list I've put together here consists of fonts which are somehow relevant to the topic of small type. Some have been designed specifically to compensate for issues that arise at small sizes, others relate to traditions of how small type has been approached historically, and others just happen work well at small sizes due to their clear and open forms. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but presents some related items of note.

— Nick Sherman is a Brooklyn-based typographer working with The Font Bureau. He contributes to sites such as Typographica and We Love Typography, and has taught undergraduate typography at MassArt.
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