For paragraphs, serif fonts are easier to read on print while sans serif fonts are easier to read on screen.
To learn more than you care to know about the difference between serif fonts and sans serif fonts - click the image above (created by the blog's author)
Fonts that are a disgrace to the typographer who created them
These typographers are like Dr. Frankenstein, "I've created a monster!"
Arial (not so much because of the font, but because it's a total rip off of Helvetica)
If you ever come across these, look the other way. So don't look at the image below.
Rules to help you avoid faux pas
Don't pair a sans serif font with another sans serif font (Pairing Arial and Helvetica would be a faux pa).
Script/handwritten fonts can be used as headers, but never for paragraphs.
Do not bold serif fonts. My typography teacher said the letters look like fat ballerinas.
S P A C E (or track) C A P I T A L letters as it makes them easier to read. Never write a whole paragraph in capital letters.
Do not track l o w e r c a s e letters, because when learning to read, people memorize the shapes of words and breaking up the shape of the word slows down the reading process. This concept is also the reasoning behind never writing a paragraph in all capital letters - unless of course, you're designing a wedding invitation.
When placing paragraphs, try to avoid creating bad rags, widows or orphans. Please click for further explanation on my strange type jargon.
Recently, I've been asked about a few things regarding typography. This blog is basically copied and pasted from my emails in response to the questions.
If you've read my previous posts, you may have noticed I didn't keep up with desktop photos. Since I was gone for the month of June, my desktop was outdated for a month. So, instead of designing the month on the photo, I've uploaded my desktop photos below (right click to download). © Kaelie Nielsen Design 2013.
Yeah... I'm a fan of flowers.
Book Exchange Letter
the only chain mail / pyramid scheme that won't leave you feeling like a fool