Which character should you use for your degree thesis?

Which character should you use for your degree thesis?


June 4, 2019

Please, NOT Comic Sans! ” And today’s article could end here with the only suggestion that comes to my heart!

Jokes aside. The choice of font, font, call it what you like … is a difficult choice that, although certainly of secondary importance compared to what will give birth to your genius, will undoubtedly influence the appearance of your thesis.

So here are some “style tips” on the subject.

1) The character MUST be easily readable

The characters can be divided into “characters with thanks” and “characters without thanks”.

The first, which in English are classified under the word “Serif”, are characterized by small appendages at their ends. The purpose of these appendices is to facilitate the reader in the transition from one letter to another. Characters without thanks (Sans Serif in English), instead, lack these appendages at the ends, and are therefore characterized by a more essential and linear shape.

In general, the characters with thank you are used for books and for newspapers: in all the occasions that is when the text is written in small characters and the spacing is reduced. Examples of characters with thanks are Times New Roman, Garamond and Book Antiqua.

Characters without thanks are more suitable for editing texts destined to be projected: in fact, they are characterized by being much more readable at a distance from the characters with thanks (they will be perfect for your presentation). Examples of characters without thanks are Helvetica, Arial, Tahoma or Verdana.

2) There are things to avoid …

Comic Sans is NOT easily readable and gives a “childish” look to the text, a situation that is much appreciated for children’s books but not for a thesis. There are also other unpleasant characters … but this time I leave you the discovery!

3) … And others to find, read, discover and … apply

Some universities give indications about the character to be used. Search and apply them. In this way you will save any possible negative remarks on the style of your thesis.

4) Team that wins … you don’t change!

Once you have chosen the character … you will have to use it throughout the text of your degree thesis. Do not change the font for notes, bibliography or titles. Modifying it gives an untidy and little “harmonious” appearance. If you really want to change it, use the same “font family” (some have the Serif and Sans Serif versions).

I hope these few lines can be useful for your choice!

Good thesis and I forgot …

5) Choose a character you like and use a little taste. I’m sure you’ll make the right choice!

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