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walkman 03-05-2013 10:50 AM

Panel decals - typeface, capitalization, hyphenation
 
I'm designing my panel decals and looking for some input.

1) Do people generally use all caps, or mixed case for switches/breakers? Is one more readable than the other?

2) What typeface are people using? No, I won't consider comic sans or any serif type faces :)

3) Is autopilot generally hyphenated or not?

rleffler 03-05-2013 11:22 AM

I can't speak for all people, but I used:

1. Mixed case

2. Calibri - used Word to create dry transfers

3. I suspect many label breaker AP. Most of the traditional labels in my panel are electronic on the VP/X, which are displayed on the EFIS.

Bob Kuykendall 03-05-2013 11:36 AM

COMIC SANS ALL CAPS FTW! :)

az_gila 03-05-2013 11:38 AM

In general - All caps and a simple font such as Helvetica or Arial

Bold and abbreviations by personal taste.

MASTER Arial bold

MASTER Arial Black

MASTER Arial

I think looks better than

Master Arial Black

You decide which one is easier to read and comprehend at a quick glance...:)

flyboy1963 03-05-2013 12:06 PM

letters etc.
 
as others have said, make what looks good to you.
there are lots of examples out there, look at as many as you can, and you'll see the 'bad' examples too! ( black letters on a dark brown panel etc.)

Millions have been spent on 'the most legible' lettering studies. Look at a highway sign....most states & provinces are converting the old 'highway gothic' to this font......(to the layperson, yeah, it's a lot like arial or helvetica medium.)

the latest flavour is called 'ClearView' , and exhaustive testing showed faster recognition and longer viewing distances, always with upper and lower case.
that said....esthetically I agree that a nice line of all caps has a certain formaiity to it... I mean, you know it says 'MASTER' not 'Mister'.
If you use some simple design software, it's easy to condense the longer words to reduce the need to abbreviate or hyphenate. ( if you're not savvy, your 9-year old neighbour can help!)

keep in mind, after a few months, you'll want to change something! :)

walkman 03-05-2013 01:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Kuykendall (Post 750055)
COMIC SANS ALL CAPS FTW! :)

I guess it beats wingdings, but not by much :eek::eek:

walkman 03-05-2013 01:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyboy1963 (Post 750067)

keep in mind, after a few months, you'll want to change something! :)

Which is why Sharbie Black is one of my options !:D

bkthomps 03-05-2013 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Kuykendall (Post 750055)
COMIC SANS ALL CAPS FTW! :)

i came in here to post this

humptybump 03-05-2013 05:13 PM

A few things to consider ...

San Serif fonts are easier to read (and thus easier to read quickly).

Caps or mixed is a personal option but for single words and word-pairs, all caps is easier to read (quickly)

Abbreviations are acceptable as long as they are common or meaningful. In this case it really is personal choice. For example, MKR-BCN may be obvious to you but the next builder may want MRKR.BCON as their representation.

If you use abbreviations it helps to be consistent. If you shorten "LIGHTS" to "LTS", then consider doing it everywhere.

GalinHdz 03-05-2013 06:51 PM

Typeface
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Kuykendall (Post 750055)
COMIC SANS ALL CAPS FTW! :)

I think COMIC SANS BOLD ITALICS should be the standard. ;)


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