font type, point size, readability questions

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I am creating a flash card game with question on the front and the answer on the back of each card.

I want the text on the front to be larger, since it will contain less text than the back and it will need to be readable from across the table.

I need to fit as much as 100 characters, with spaces, centered on the outward face of the card.

What's a good font for this? I expect to use Black or dark blue on white to give a strong contrast.


On the backside, I may need as much as 275 characters, with spaces.

What's a good font for this? I will indeed use Black on white to give the strongest contrast ratio.


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On my table 4.5 feet long, I can read a line of text in 20 point font, black letters on white paper. This is probably about as small as I could have.

Contrast is critical, a point lost here a EE on some web pages.
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Ok, 20 point for the face of the card. What font do you suggest?

On the back, what point size and font lets me cram all that text into a man display are of
2.25" X 3.25" card
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I used Arial font because it is sans serif and works better (for me)

Looking a mock up here, and depending on the characters used, you can do it with 16 point Arial and might get away with 18 point Arial
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You're making a mock up? Thanks, since I am unsure if you are talking the back or the front...
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I printed the mock up with 20 point font on a piece of paper and set it up across the table. You could fit 100 characters in your space and this would be the Front.

I created about 275 characters of text in word in your space allowed and depending on which characters, 16 or 18 point font would work for the Back. Probably 16 point to allow for a bit of a margin around the edges.
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Thanks John!
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You are very welcome. It was an interesting question and I was happy to work with you.

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