I have this thing with fonts.
Yesterday during free time at class, because I was dying of boredom, I ended up borrowing Justin’s laptop. It was a Macbook, and because I absolutely have no idea how it really functions (well, beyond doing some net-surfing or notepad-typing), I explored the applications and clicked random stuff I found on the desktop launchbar. Indeed, it was definitely invasion of privacy at its best (insert evil laugh here, many thanks to the search option on the upper-right corner of the desktop) of a person who claims his personal life and outside-the-four-corners-of-school matters are top secret.
Okay, all of this happened but of course, he kept a keen eye on every trackpad click of mine (omg, that actually sounds so creepy) because I just don’t meddle with other people’s stuff like that. Haha, I really don’t care, but anyway, long story cut short, I ended up on the Font Book application, and I was sort of blown away. Not very extreme though, but my font fascination caught up with me that time, like finding out how Futura or Didot is actually a native font in Mac or how American Typewriter will always be a sophisti-cute font.
I admit, font-wise, Mac is a sure choice over Windows. There is an endless list to choose from, whether it be for some typography practice, a PowerPoint presentation, or some typewritten output. But for a Windows plebeian like me (yeah, that’s what some Mac users call Windows users on tech forums and it’s honestly so annoying, who cares about operating systems when we’re all victims of marketing crap, really? Ubuntu for the win! Haha), it seems as if there are no pretty-looking pre-installed fonts available to suit our needs.
With the existence of a lot of font websites, it makes it so convenient for people to download and install fonts in a click or two. But during times when it is deemed impractical to do so (say, when you are working on an insertfilenamehere.pptx presentation and the Embed Fonts option never works, which always seems to be my forever dilemma in school projects), I have no choice but to stick to the fonts pack installed on the PC.
But is it really much of a problem? Well, fret not!
If you really just look at each and scroll the fonts of your system, you will see that they are not so bad after all, really. I’d like to share all the fonts I use for my school projects + typography-for-fun practices + PowerPoint presentations that are native to Windows, with hopes that anyone who may come across this post would find this useful. As I write this blog post, I am still scrolling and scrolling, and yes, every new font find on this netbook amazes me.
Footlight Note MT, used in our joint Algebra and Trigonometry magazine project in Sophomore year. I am honestly not the biggest fan of such fonts (as I prefer Sans Serif on the monitor or on paper), but you can never go wrong with Serif fonts for titles and the like!
Rockwell, used for a flash presentation in Computer class. I don’t know anybody who gives this font a thumbs down. Even designers online (at least of blogs I read) claim they really like this font. I know that’s a really ugly-looking cigarette as two of my brothers already said so at separate situations, but I can’t draw to save my own life, so I don’t really expect anything from myself, haha.
Here are two more used in our magazine project for Journalism class.
Eccentric STD, another font I discovered as I scrolled the fonts. It’s tall, thin, and looks disproportional, and I mean this in a good way.
Gill Sans MT, used in a PowerPoint presentation for Algebra this school year. This is my personal favorite. I adjusted the spacing a bit (if I remember correctly, this was set on very tight). And, that is my favorite color scheme! I don’t know if it’s just me, but it fits whatever type of output made under the sun, be it an environmental brochure, infomercial on current issues, or algebraic word problems.
Segoe UI, used in a PowerPoint presentation for Morality class. This is bold and italicized. I find the regular one too thin so I usually bold it for presentations. Let me take back what I said regarding the color scheme above—this is my favorite! I realized I used it in so many presentations because of that shade of green.
Gabriola, used in some typography practice as this blog post was in the making. This is one of the fonts I stopped at as I was scrolling. I find this font really pretty! It looks so dreamy (lol, is it because of the suggestion of the word dream above?), and simple yet elegant. I made this using Microsoft PowerPoint, and I was surprised with what can be done on it—all these years, I never knew you could make a dotted line on it! I thought that it was only possible on some creative editing program. My brother actually thought that this was made using InDesign. I’m not saying it’s a great piece of work, but here’s to prove that it’s not always about the program you use, but it’s working with what you have. 😀
Tw Cen MT Condensed, used in a PowerPoint presentation for Morality Class. I don’t like how it looks as much when it’s not used in caps lock and bold. I don’t use this in long texts since it will definitely be hard to read statements in capital letters.
Here’s a slide from our PowerPoint presentation for Art class, still using the same font. PowerPoint becomes a greater program day by day, if I must say. In the convenience of a click, the color tone and saturation of a picture can be manipulated, minus the hassle of doing stuff manually on some photo-editing program—exactly what I did with the two pictures! Woo, it’s like Instagram.
The following aren’t exactly pre-installed fonts on the computer, but they come with Adobe InDesign as it is being installed.
Minion Pro, used for our joint Algebra/Trigonometry/Journalism magazine project. If I’m not mistaken, this is the default font of InDesign, my all-time favorite program! It’s not as versatile as GIMP or Photoshop since its main purpose is desktop publishing (brochures, posters, magazines, and the like), but it’s the one I am most adept with. Sucks how it can’t be installed on this netbook due to the resolution. Facepalm.
And lastly, if there’s only one font I could use, it would be Myriad Pro! I honestly don’t know why I like it, but I just do. Probably because of its versatility because it comes in so many types (from Condensed to Bold Condensed, but I prefer the latter a million times more). I’ve used this in so many projects even way back sophomore year, whether it’s printed or a soft copy, as well as for the name tags of my books and notebooks. This is our school newspaper’s default font too.
Because I love it too much, I’ve done quite a lot of outputs with this font being the only one used.
I’m very sure that there a hundred of other system fonts out there waiting to be used for a creative output. Well, off I go to more font-hunting in three, two, one!