I am creating my CV on an A4 and I am wondering whether a 10 point font size is big enough. here is screenshot and I am talking about the content next to the crosses: http://d.pr/i/LDKK.

in fact do e really need to have that kind of description in there?


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    If done well a 10 point is fine, it depends on typeface, spacing, how big a "small description" is, and in your case a background.
    – Ryan
    Feb 21 '13 at 18:41
  • It depends on the font.
    – DA01
    Feb 22 '13 at 20:48

Most textbooks will use 10 to 12pt type. 10pt type is generally readable provided the font is well designed and line spacing is appropriate.

(Personal opinion: That san serif text is horrible. Letter spacing is horrendous and it is not a very "readable" typeface to use at a small size. Is that Arial? Arial is a horrid typeface.)

  • Im rubbish at typography, can you recommend me which I should use, thanks
    – aurel
    Feb 21 '13 at 18:36
  • If you want a san serif, stick to what Arial was bastardized from - Helvetica. Other san serifs I like: ClanPro, Myriad, Museo Sans. I, personally, would use a humanist serif typeface for smaller text to improve readability - Stone Informal, Garamond, Goudy. But what you choose really depends upon the overal impression you wish to convey. A serif typeface may not be appropriate if you want a less friendly atmosphere or if delivery is intended on a "screen".
    – Scott
    Feb 21 '13 at 18:41
  • I would choose Arial over Myriad. To say that a serif is appropriate for a "less friendly atmosphere" would not hold true. Different fonts have different personalities, not all carry the same. Feb 21 '13 at 18:46
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    I was generalizing. And I posted a serif typeface may NOT be appropriate for a less friendly atmosphere. And I'd never choose Arial over anything. :)
    – Scott
    Feb 21 '13 at 18:48
  • In the context of a resume for a GRAPHIC DESIGNER, I'd never suggest going with Arial.
    – DA01
    Feb 22 '13 at 20:49

10 point can be perfectly readable, but make sure you validate your design choices by printing your CV. Test on both an inkjet and a laser printer is possible. The kind of printer you're using (inkjet vs laser) can have a big impact on how well smaller type sizes are rendered.

I realize that a printed CV is used less frequently these days, but printing is a great way to get a sense of your overall design. Also, the person you send your CV to might choose to print it out.


When I used to work in print we used the rule that 8pt was the smallest you should go when it comes to copy for print. So 10pt should be fine. It is small, but definitely not illegible.

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