I need to send some professional/commercial e-mails, my design currently look like this:
Helvetica is very widely used in printing, and according to Wikipedia:
Miedinger and Hoffmann set out to create a neutral typeface that had great clarity, no intrinsic meaning in its form, and could be used on a wide variety of signage.
But many people state that its use should be limited to printing as it makes a poor web font with the two main reason being:
- The font looks ugly (but they don't talk about Helvetica Neue and its 51 versions)
- Most users don't have the font, and Windows systematically redirect its call to Arial via registry key (but they don't talk about embedding legally a subset). In the case of e-mails they also tell support to
@font-faceis very poor (which is true, but they don't talk about the combination of several other fall-back methods which "solve" this issue).
The second reason is the most important, because the suggested replacements I saw : widely available on users computers, which means "using non-professional typefaces" but which are safe value (still without considering embedding).
So, does HelveticaNeue is a good typeface strictly in terms of legibility?
Or a different typeface would be better... even a serif one?