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I was advised to post this question from User Experience (UX) to this site instead.


Assuming I always have enough space to write what I need to write, and I never get into a position like https://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/3330/what-is-the-best-font-for-extremely-limited-space-i-e-will-fit-the-most-readab, when should I use a condensed font? Is it ever appropriate, or does it just make the UI feel cramped?

The reason I am asking this is because I have six items on the screen at once:

enter image description here Would this be an appropriate time for a condensed font? I can fit all the wanted text with a wider font, but there is less space between sections with this wider font. However, the condensed font of course makes the text look more cramped.

Is this a case where a condensed font would be appropriate? If not, when would be an appropriate time to use it?

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    One advantage of a condensed font would be that you can make it larger and still have enough white space between the sections. – usr2564301 May 5 '15 at 14:40
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The answer to most any "when should I use typestyle X" is: when it looks appropriate.

That said, note that condensed faces are typically considered display faces. They're not necessarily meant for use as a text face, but rather for things like headers and headlines. Newspapers especially like them because you can fit a lot more into a headline with a condensed face--leaving space elsewhere for more ads.

Therefore, as a general rule of thumb, use condensed faces in large sizes as you see fit. Beware of potentially reducing legibility when used at small sizes--especially in lower resolution settings, like a desktop screen.

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