Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Was There a Font Change?

  1. Feb 2, 2016 #1

    Vanadium 50

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor
    2017 Award

    Was there a font change? It still looks like a sans serif font, but less readable and maybe more decorative.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 2, 2016 #2
    Yes, PT Sans for me was unique but less readable. I switched to Roboto which is what Google uses for Android. I can put screenshots side by side and we can discuss.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2016 #3

    Vanadium 50

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor
    2017 Award

    I think the new one looks better on the front page, but worse in the message body. Substantially worse.
     
  5. Feb 2, 2016 #4
    ok, give me 10min and I can get side by side
     
  6. Feb 2, 2016 #5

    Vanadium 50

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor
    2017 Award

    In particular, the kerning looks terrible. (Kerning is the space between letters) That makes it much harder to read.
     
  7. Feb 2, 2016 #6
    Here they are back to back. Click on the thumbs. For me Roboto is clearly more readable as PT Sans is more dense and has some different styled characters. Thoughts?

    Roboto
    roboto.jpg

    PT Sans
    ptsans.jpg
     
  8. Feb 2, 2016 #7

    e.bar.goum

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    I agree with V50! It's much harder to read.
     
  9. Feb 2, 2016 #8
    What makes it hard to read? Take a look at my screenshots.
     
  10. Feb 2, 2016 #9

    e.bar.goum

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    Like V50 said, the kerning is a bit odd. The fact that it's also quite a lot lighter than PT Sans is also troubling.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2016 #10

    phinds

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Looking at your screen shots, I agree with the others that roboto sucks and PT Sans is definitely more readable.

    Looking at it more carefully, I think for me at least part of it is familiarity. PT Sans looks like what I'm used to and roboto just looks weird. It isn't really all that unreadable.
     
  12. Feb 2, 2016 #11
    Trying Source Sans Pro. Better?
     
  13. Feb 2, 2016 #12

    Drakkith

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Look's okay to me.
     
  14. Feb 2, 2016 #13

    e.bar.goum

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    Definitely better than roboto! Could you do another side-by-side screenshot of it and PT Sans?
     
  15. Feb 2, 2016 #14
    Source Pro seems a bit denser

    Source Pro
    sanspro.jpg

    PT Sans
    ptsans.jpg
     
  16. Feb 2, 2016 #15
    Now how about a mix of Open Sans and Lora. I'll leave this over night.
     
  17. Feb 3, 2016 #16
    I must be a weird one then. I liked Roboto and imo it was easier to read. Oh well...
     
  18. Feb 3, 2016 #17
    What do you think of right now?
     
  19. Feb 3, 2016 #18
    Looks a little bigger and I think the previous to this one was better. This one I'm having a little trouble to assimilate and read, but I can get used to it. I would definitely go back to the previous to this one, but seeing as I appear to be a weird one I dare not say it. That's my feedback, let's see what others think. :smile:
     
  20. Feb 3, 2016 #19
    Just to confirm that it is indeed bigger. Letters are getting cut in the forum template.
     
  21. Feb 3, 2016 #20
    Screenshot?
     
  22. Feb 3, 2016 #21
    Of course:
    JngTy1l.png

    Small letter 'g'. You can also see it in your username on your posts. :oldshy:

    Edit: In Firefox and a Chromium based browser.
     
  23. Feb 3, 2016 #22

    Drakkith

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    One thing I've noticed is that, at least for me, the contrast between the darker text of an unread thread and the lighter text of a read thread is less than before, making it more difficult to quickly see which threads you've already read and which you haven't.
     
  24. Feb 3, 2016 #23

    jtbell

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Here's another example of a cutoff 'g'. It's worse here than in your name.
    (Firefox, Mac OS)
    cutoff.gif
     
  25. Feb 3, 2016 #24

    e.bar.goum

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    +1 to the font sizes. I keep zooming out to make it all a bit smaller.
     
  26. Feb 3, 2016 #25

    DrClaude

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    The current font doesn't render on my Mac or my iPad.
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook