What is a good font for low resolution, black and white screen?


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I'm looking for a good font to use on a small display (lower than 200x200px). The screen is black and white only, so I can't use anti-aliasing.

I use several font sizes (between 14px and 24px), lower case and upper case, and Gimp 2.8 to render the font. It's better if it is not a monospaced font.

What font is more suitable for my purpose?

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7/29/2016 6:51:00 AM

My approach would be to look at pixel fonts

https://www.google.com.mx/search?q=pixel+fonts

The problem you will have is that on a pixel font you can not controll diferent sizes, either you have for example a font of 10 px and that is it. You probably can not have it as other size.

But a cool work around would be to use Gimp, but to use a text editor. For example, Notepad++, and then configure your working font there. Settings > Style

I use a lot Verdana and it looks nice at 11px but counting the descendants will be around 16px then make a screen capture.

Another font that was designed for screen, before the sub-pixel era was Tahoma, and probably Calibri. Take a look at the Classical "Web safe" fonts.

If you can get your hands on a computer that runs Windows XP you can make faster tests, because it has not the Clear Type feature, so the text will be plain black on white.

Another good option is the System font. Look for it inside your "Font" folder. It is not a true type font. Is a pixel font actually. And has some pre-defined sizes that work well.

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8/5/2016 4:23:00 AM

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