Monday, October 13, 2014

What's Your Type?

I've already covered the fonts I use for writing the actual story text, but those aren't the only fonts a writer needs to choose.

Today I'm more concerned with cover design and the fonts used therein. Readability is, as always, a factor, but much less of one than for the actual text of the book. Covers need to be eye-catching, and title/author font is a big part of that; I know I've picked up a book or two based on how interesting the font was.

Unfortunately, I've never been any good at writing/designing letters, and it doesn't look like I'll be getting into a typography class any time soon, so I'm restrained to using others'.

As of today, I've kept tabs on the following fonts for the following stories:

Dead Font Walking for Along the Winding Road

Aquifer for Short Tales of the Human Body, a compilation of short stories based on and explaining certain aspects of human biology (whether or not it will be written is still udner debate)

Xenogears for Macbay Transportation Services (possibly a dash of Gear Crank for, say, the author name if it would fit in)

bu Penfield Deco for Victims of the Bridge

 What do you think? Are these fonts eye-catching enough? What kinds of fonts do you like, either to look at or use in your own stories?


  1. I really like the choice for Along the Winding Road. Looks similar to some of the kinds I used for my Brutal Series banners, which I chose because they seemed evocative of force and violence. Since AtWR has similar themes, being a zombie apocalypse story, I'd say it's a perfect fit. (Besides, I get that it's a Walking Dead font, so that fits too).

    Obviously I don't know much about the second story, but I like this font, too. It seems standard and professional with just a hint of the mysterious (in how the letters are a bit faded at the edges).

    100% yes for Macbay. Either one of those two are perfect, honestly.

    Yes to the last as well. It seems sinister but with a bit of a playful quirk as well. (Again, very fitting for the story).

    Honestly, I'm fine with any font on a book cover, as long as it looks professional. I guess I tend to gravitate towards more old-fashioned looking ones, given that I read a lot of history and historical fiction. As for my own writing, it's been ages and ages since I actually wrote something with a cover, but back then I think I used Garamond. Nowadays I just use Times New Roman for everything.

    1. Yeah, the font is important in conveying some of the genre, it sounds like.

      Haha, well, TNR is popular for a reason.