Font size on magazines

December 18, 2011 @ 03:01:23 AM
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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Does anyone knows the most common font size used on body text for magazines? I searched around the web and came across many sizes and I was currently using 9 but after I checked the final product, text looked to small.

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December 18, 2011 @ 04:21:25 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Montreal
the style of your font is important to know the perfect size, (check out Helvetica vs Times at the same size one is a lot bigger than the other, after that it's just about what do you prefer, there's no norm on this.
December 19, 2011 @ 19:24:36 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: USA
There are also some general guidelines regarding body vs. heading type sizes as well. Generally 24pt. and above is considered ideal for display sizes, while those below are best for displaying copy. Remember that font size also depends on what dpi your document is set to. It may be obvious but remember that when selecting a font for copy, legibility takes precedence over type design.

Whether you select a sarif or sans-sarif is entirely up to you for the tone and feel you are trying to invoke. That's why in magazines such as the New Yorker, you will find something classic like Garamond or Times for copy. Set spacing is also important when selecting a font size for proper legibility.

I'm not an expert by any means, but those are just a few basics to keep in mind when selecting your font. If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty, I'd totally recommend "Designing With Type" by James Craig: http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Type-5th-Essential-Typography/dp/0823014134

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December 21, 2011 @ 08:24:05 AM
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Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Denmark, Europe
I usually use size 9... You can check out the magazine and creative project I'm running here: www.CreativeFutureMag.com

The first issue came out very good and size 9 seemed to fit well. I used the Helvetica Neue font..

/CA
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