Fonts for Complex Data

While we're on the topic of visual design, font is another area worthy of attention that is often overlooked. The simple example above goes to show how big of a readability impact font choice can have: which of the two ingredients lists above do your eyes find easier to read?

Here's a quote that I loved, on an aspect of fonts I had never considered:

[fonts built for tables] have a second and equally important characteristic: they maintain their equal widths across a range of weights. (This runs counter to the typical behavior in a typeface, in which heavier weights become progressively wider.) Known as “duplexing,” this is one of the essential characteristics of tabular figures, because it allows designers to highlight individual lines in boldface without disrupting the width of the column.


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