Been doing diagrams for a research paper and for some reason I challenged myself about why I’m using a big slab humanist font for the title of in my diagrams. Here is a screen grab of a diagram that I was doing today. It looks tidy and presentable
If I take the font I’m using in the title and change it to “Light” then the diagram becomes more balanced. The extra white space opens up the image and title doesn’t overpower the graphic.
That decision is a personal choice, to some extent, but I could use some input to get a wider range of opinions.
So I asked the question on twitter and most people agreed that a slab font is the better choice since it highlights the picture. It seems that most people like the slab font:
But there was something niggling me about using slab fonts. The heading is just so strong that it overpowers the image and I wondered what would happen in a document. In the diagram below I feel that the slab font is overpowering the flow of the when wrapped into a page format. The size of the heading overpowers the writing that is around it.
I’ve decided to go with thin font so that it doesn’t over run page layout and doesn’t interrup the reading flow by the audience.
But I wonder what your opinion is ? Would be interested in your opinions onslab or thin fonts in the diagram.
Other Posts in A Series On The Same Topic
- Free Custom Handwriting Font for Network Designs (14th August 2014)
- Network Diagrams: Font Selection and Production Context. Choosing Slab or Thin fonts (9th June 2014)
- Book Release: Tips on Using Visio To Make Network Diagrams (27th March 2014)
- Network Diagrams: Drawing Overlay Network Layers (14th March 2014)
- Network Diagrams: Choosing Better and Free Fonts (10th January 2014)
- My New Diagram Colour Scheme "Old Disco Style" (24th September 2013)
- On Diagrams and Information (10th September 2013)
- Colour Blindness, Network Diagrams and Reliability (3rd March 2011)
- Designer or Engineer, Artist or Painter (19th January 2010)
- Network Diagrams: Rotating Text on a Line (1st October 2009)
- Network Diagrams: Tips for Printing from Visio (22nd September 2009)
- Network Diagrams:Zones on a diagram with Visio shape union (31st July 2009)
- Network Diagrams: Drawing complex VLAN Networks with IP Addressing (7th July 2009)
- Network Diagrams: Drawing Freehand Curves (and then fixing them) (23rd March 2009)
- Network Diagrams:Aligning Shapes (12th March 2009)
- Network Diagrams:Locking the Background Shape (10th March 2009)
- Network Diagrams: Labelling an VLAN/IP Segment (9th March 2009)
- Network Diagrams: VLANs and IP Subnets (8th March 2009)
- Network Diagrams: Drawing the Background Shape (6th March 2009)
- On the Art of Network Diagrams and Presentation (4th March 2009)