> Body Copy
copy is the main text found in the publications we read. It is the text of the
stories and articles. Body copy is not the headlines. Body copy is usually
between 8 and 14 points in size and readability is the key to selecting fonts
for body copy.
Known As: body text, body type.
to Choose a Body Text Font
a typeface that is readable at body text font sizes of 14 points or less.
the US at least, serif faces are the norm for most books and newspapers
making them familiar and comfortable as a body text font.
a body text font that blends in and doesn't distract the reader with oddly
shaped letters, or extremes in x-height, descenders, or ascenders.
general (with many exceptions) consider serif faces for a subdued, formal,
or serious look.
general (with exceptions) consider a sans serif body text font for a
crisper, bolder, or more informal tone.
monospaced typefaces for body copy. They draw too much attention to the
individual letters distracting the reader from the message.
script or handwriting typefaces as a body text font. Some exceptions: cards
and invitations where the text is set in short lines with extra line
your fancy or unusual typefaces for use in headlines, logos, and graphics.
As a body text font they are almost impossible to read comfortably, if at