Verdana alternativesDon’t use a screen font for print

Ver­dana was de­signed for the com­puter dis­plays of the 1990s, so it’s great for the web­sites of the 1990s. For every­thing else, not so great. Con­course, Al­right Sans, Am­pli­tude, and Col­fax are sans serif fonts that work well in print and on to­day’s screens. Al­right is called a hu­man­ist sans serif be­cause it re­lies on the pro­por­tions of tra­di­tional serif fonts. Am­pli­tude draws from the spirit of agates, news­pa­per fonts de­signed to be read­able at very small sizes (so it works es­pe­cially well on busi­ness cards). Col­fax is called a geo­met­ric sans serif be­cause it’s built on ba­sic math­e­mat­i­cal shapes. Con­course is a blend of geo­met­ric and humanist.