Here and there in my article, there are paragraphs that need to set a different tone. So far I’ve used italic Times New Roman and indented the paragraph:

This looks good if it’s one line sentence or a five-line paragraph. But for a page-long preamble it seems that large blocks of italic text are harder to read:

Is there a way to set the tone for the preamble the same as the other paragraphs? A different typeface maybe? Or is de-italicizing the only way?

Indents, rules, flourishes are just for making a distinction, not really setting the tone of the text as they don’t change the typeface. Only italic or a font change can do that, I think.

  • Print or digital does make a difference. Body text is often best as a serif for print and sans serif for digital reading. – Scott Mar 11 '18 at 11:01
  • @JanusBahsJacquet why is that? Surely that's the default font of Office for a reason, right? – Ooker Mar 11 '18 at 12:33
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    It matters. Most things you read focus on whether one or the other is "hard to read". Neither is "hard to read" in either situation. But one is more conducive to reading given the environment. It's not "hard" to swim a lap in a pool, but it's easier with a float device. – Scott Mar 11 '18 at 17:18
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    Well, the definition of "tone of the text" is very subjective. Offsetting a block of text changes it's "tone". Altering the size of the text, changes its "tone". This is another place where it's more the art of perception, not "follow these guidelines" science. It is very hard to be a "designer" if you are overly concerned about living up to some rulebook or guidelines. Guidelines should be read, understood, ingested.. then never reviewed again. You want them as a general footing, but the only absolutes in design are adhering to the technical requirements for output/reproduction. – Scott Mar 12 '18 at 17:57
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    my 2¢: don't change from sans serif to serif just for differentiation purposes. It's really brain-scrambling. I can feel my eyeballs changing gears just looking at your screenshot, and it's painful. – Lauren-Clear-Monica-Ipsum Mar 14 '18 at 10:24

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