Solved

Can anyone suggest an appropriate font?

Posted on 2006-11-03
6
244 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
Hi Experts,

Excuse my non-technical approach to this.  I work closely with a company that produce a windows database program developed in Visual Basis.  The font used for many years is Arial and we would like to update to a font that will give the product a lighter/modern feel.  They looked at Verdana but run into problems caused by the fact that Verdana takes up more space etc?  Can anyone suggest a suitable common font that we may use to replace Arial without the need to move fields etc to accomodate.  Failing this - is there a common standard font that Windows programs use that is modern?

many thanks, Rob
0
Comment
Question by:robfendergibson
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 10

Accepted Solution

by:
Kinger247 earned 125 total points
ID: 17868409
I only use Tahoma or Arial, mostly Tahoma.

When you say modern .. I didn't know a font can make an app look modern .. can it ??
scroll bars, buttons and layout can change the look and feel alot  ..
0
 
LVL 10

Assisted Solution

by:cool12399
cool12399 earned 125 total points
ID: 17878372
Surprisingly -- simply use the 'Helvetica' font, but change the default font size. It gives it a new/fresh look. (So instead of say size '8', make it size '10').

The standard fonts on most windows systems are Arial, Times New Roman, Helvetica, (and sometimes Verdana). If you try to go with any specialized fonts,
you run the risk of the target computer not having that font, then looking wierd.

The other alternative is to redistribute a font (i.e., stick it in your installation package say to the \windows\fonts\ directory) -- but you may have to review
a distribution agreement, etc (making sure you are 'allowed' to redistribute that font). But if you are, then you can use whatever font you wish.
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:Kinger247
ID: 18026646
I think a split between kinger247 and cool12399 .
0

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Background What I'm presenting in this article is the result of 2 conditions in my work area: We have a SQL Server production environment but no development or test environment; andWe have an MS Access front end using tables in SQL Server but we a…
I was working on a PowerPoint add-in the other day and a client asked me "can you implement a feature which processes a chart when it's pasted into a slide from another deck?". It got me wondering how to hook into built-in ribbon events in Office.
As developers, we are not limited to the functions provided by the VBA language. In addition, we can call the functions that are part of the Windows operating system. These functions are part of the Windows API (Application Programming Interface). U…
If you’ve ever visited a web page and noticed a cool font that you really liked the look of, but couldn’t figure out which font it was so that you could use it for your own work, then this video is for you! In this Micro Tutorial, you'll learn yo…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question