Times New Roman Deserves a Better Rep
What good are opinions if not to be obnoxious, insufferable, and forcibly dumped into the world via social media unendurably by willful and ignorant designers? Hopefully some, but I’m not going to bet anything on it, just type it out as eloquently as possible, hit Publish, and pray I hear back from a fellow purist that I am not insane or unworthy of love.
The following in an unpopular opinion, it seems, if one looks into any form of social media, hip-culture, tech-guru-ran, interwebian platforms, and any other digital dives consisting %100 of an entity of people of which have never seen, or frighteningly enough, never heard of an Internet Cafe, Eudora, or may have not ever had to express themselves digitally by first typing “/me”.
So I hope that qualifies me to speak my opinion on such an important matter, and to have in considered respectfully.
The first reason I love Times New Roman is science. Good old fashioned studies from dudes and chics who went to fancy schools to learn stuff about things I never knew I wanted to know about my brain.
Soooo, there is none… science is still working on a way to factualize the research of decades of geeks who believe that they can read a serif font better than a sans… Will update when that research is conclusive and available.
Do You Read Me?
There is a distinction between what “legible” and “readable” are, and then a measure of how those two vary between screen and print.
Legible refers more to the actual recognition and consequential identification of each character, readability seems to be more subjective to cognitive abilities, therefore differing per the individual.
You can read more about that here.
Legibility of the most readable font can be greatly affected but separating characters even a pixel or two, and it is often one of the first tips designers offer a non-designer when asked for input or advice. Having a serif, as Times New Roman does, allows a larger increase in tracking while giving an extra cushion of space between each character while not appearing too spacey or detached making it difficult to read fluidly thereby rendering it unreadable. It is not much, but it is there.
Furthermore, I love the way Times New Roman feels in my eyeballs. I love the way it hits my brain… splattering softly and perfectly timed with every syllable, and creates flawless internal inflections and rhythm into an unadulterated harmonious lullaby, fluent and effortless.
Dramatic as that may sound, not many typefaces have the ability to give me confidence to write such things about them. I have very strong feelings about a LOT of typefaces and fonts, but Times is unique. It should be called “Timeless New Roman.”
Timeless New Roman
Times New Roman is clean, deliberate, and humbly demands a respect that typically the readers themselves are unaware of giving. It is a reliable font, to say the least. Though not as widely used as it was for around 40 years in print and into the digital age, it is still a basic necessity for Microsoft to offer its customers, (although no longer in Word) and most publishing companies still use it or a variation of it in their printed materials. Because it has always been there for us. Times New Roman has a place in our hearts, in our subconscious. Times New Roman has style while upholding class and scholar. It is honest, dependable, and comforting.
Times New Roman has been around since 1931. It is on record that it was created by Victor Lardent, who worked for British newspaper Times… but as only a great font can have, there is some scandal surrounding that statement, and a historian in 1994 even published evidence that it was in fact a William Starling Burgess who designed the typeface. This all remains unproven and a very cool mystery.
Times New Roman is a visual and artistic journey when looked upon as such, beautiful and irreplaceable when studied and caressed lightly. It has carved a perfectly-kerned, and not overly tracked place in the world, and it deserves its due. It is a respectable font that was there for us when Helvetica or Myriad were NOWHERE to be found…
Lookit this J. This capital J.
Check that solid. full, stable stroke, bringing us safely down, no aversions, no flaws, perfect reliability and wholesome line… into WAIT WHAT THE HELELL WHERE AREE YOU GOIGN what is this,, ohh god funneling, we may be in for a ride, a lot of changes happening, feeling the stress, grab the mask, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAHAHAHA YASSS, here we go, safe and sound in the perfect womb of the terminal. THat is just the Capital J. DO nt even get me going on the spine of Mama S…
A Type for the Times
Times New Roman means something, it stands for something, and strongly in its dominant serifs. It makes no bones about what it does and what it does not do. Times New Roman is always sure of itself and never backs down. It has stood the test of time and has proven a worthy warrior in the battle of visual dominance.
Allow me to insert a disclaimer. I am referring to Times New Roman Regular… and I have even been known to approve aesthetically of Times New Roman Medium. In NO way have I ever, nor will I ever, approve of the following: Bold, Semi-Bold, Condensed, or any other bogus, lazy, poorly designed sub-set of Times New Roman. The least of all being freaking ITALIC, especially an italicized Times New Roman. Any italic can kick rocks, and has no place in this world, with the exception of use in emails that I am trying to emphasize certain words or points, in which I have already overly used caps.
Times New Roman remains a personal fav, and I will continue to defend it from a poetic and romantic standpoint, and respect it from a design view as well.
You can learn more and purchase this amazing typeface here.