Going to Bat for the Oxford Comma | The real reason we need the Oxford Comma | Jenn Wells Design

MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian. There are a lot of best practices and formatting guides out there. They don’t necessarily agree with each other and it’s not always clear which is best in which situations. Often it comes down to personal preference, as it does for the hotly debated punctuation mark I’ll be discussing today.

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Font Psychology: Reading Between the Lines | How fonts can influence us subconsciously | Jenn Wells Design

Confession: I’m not a huge typography nerd. A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with some friends about the fonts used in an ultra hipster café we brunched in. I was happily going on about the quirkiness of fat-face fonts when they started naming their favorite sans serif fonts and I realized I was in over my head.

I can’t tell the difference between Helvetica and Ariel. If you put them side by side on the page, sure, I’ll see that there’s a difference.

Font comparison showing the difference between Helvetica and Arial

Oh wait. I was wrong! To me they both just look like general, nondescript font that isn’t going to piss anyone off too badly or draw an excessive amount of attention. Perfect for body copy where you want the focus on the meaning rather than the appearance.

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Defending Comic Sans | Why Comic Sans doesn't deserve the amount of negative attention it gets and which fonts are just as bad | Jenn Wells Design

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to know there’s a widespread hatred of Comic Sans. It’s become the martyr of the typography world, suffering more than its share fair of abuse.

Which is not to say I don’t understand the dislike of this particular font. I do, and for those who might not, I’ll explain.

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