Topic: Just for Fun

Is Using A 14pt Font Shouting?

Posted by lkirkland on 50 Points
This is sort of silly but as I get older, I'm having a harder time reading 12 pt font.

I was considering changing my default email font to Helvetica 14.

Would you think I was shouting at you in that size font?

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  • Posted by mgoodman on Moderator
    Probably. But I display email in the font/size I want to see, so I might never know it was composed in 14 pt. And if it's in a web browser I can always adjust the font size to whatever is most comfortable for me.

    P.S. This really isn't a marketing question, right?
  • Posted by Gary Bloomer on Member
    Not so much shouting as more "early reader". Consider 12.5pt if possible or 13 pt.
  • Posted on Member
    No, I don't think it's shouting if it's your default. It'd only be shouting if most of your email in was 12pt. and then you put one specific part in 14pt OR IN ALL CAPS. Also, don't forget that font sizes are only partially set by you. The recipient's settings (zoomed in, show larger/smaller fonts) dictate how they see the font. So, unless you're doing something crazy like 72 pt. font, you should be good.
  • Posted by Blaine Wilkerson on Accepted
    NO! ALL CAPS APPARENTLY LOOKS LIKE SHOUTING! Although, I agree that it makes more sense that a larger font could be shouting, the overall perception is ALL CAPS = "shouting".

    I agree with everyone else's comments. Nowadays, we can set our default font size on our browsers and our computer settings to whatever we want. Usually, it only affects us, not people on the other end.

    But some email programs and website code can and will translate the larger size to the recipient/viewer.

    Be sure to check. Send a few test messages to friends and family to see how they view it.


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