Computer Modern, a font created by a computer scientist for use with his own typesetting system TeX, has become one of the most frequently used fonts of all time, precisely because of the popularity of TeX. But the question remains whether this font, created by a single person, is even suitable for this kind of popularity? Is Computer Modern, from a design perspective, a high-quality font? Notice that I am not asking if it is a good font; that kind of question would be opinion-based. However, I think it is possible to objectively judge the quality of a font, at least to some degree, just as it is possible to justly give grades at an exam.

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    Beyond technical aspects - does it contain proper glyphs, does it output well at various sizes, it is kerned properly - whether or not it is "high quality", as you posted, is purely opinion-based. – Scott Jan 31 '15 at 16:47
  • The world (including StackExchange) is a poor place if everything we ever say must be non-opinion based. Then it is opinion-based whether torture is comfortable or not (since you can probably find some masochists who find it nice). So is it so bad to ask for some graphic designers' opinions about a font? People tend to agree a lot in taste anyway, and I think you can probably make some criteria that, according to most graphic designers, determine whether a font is well drawn or not. – Gaussler Jan 31 '15 at 16:56
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    It's not bad to as for opinion at all. But SE isn't a "discussion forum". There's no rule about what does or does not make a font appear "well drawn". Ask 10 different designers and you'll get 10 different opinions. If you like it... then what difference does it make if others do? – Scott Jan 31 '15 at 16:58
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    For whatever it’s worth: I always thought that the ligatures look like an accident. – Wrzlprmft Feb 1 '15 at 11:18

As one who has typeset a thick mathematical book (written by various contributors), I would make two points in favour of Computer Modern.

First, the lower-case italic v and the lower-case Greek ν are clearly distinguished.

Second, parentheses rise higher than ascending letters, so that items in parentheses look more fully enclosed than in other fonts (e.g. Times Roman).

It is sometimes said that headings in Computer Modern make it too obvious that a document was typeset in (La)TeX. But this is easily overcome by setting headings in a contrasting font, e.g. using the "sectsty" package. When Computer Modern is used as a body font -- if I may lapse into opinion -- I find it reasonably neutral.

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