Which font will Manifold be using on July 1st?
Jul 1
M$478 bet
Manifold is currently using Readex Pro for most of its content, but we're considering alternatives. (I personally don't like it, and the one professional designer I showed the site to irl didn't like it either because it seemed "a little goofy".) This market will resolve to the most commonly used font on our site at the beginning of July 1st, 2022. As always, you can influence the outcome of this market by giving your feedback and lobbying for your favorite choices!
SG
S G answered
Readex Pro (our current font)
70%
Alice
Alice answered
Proxima Nova
21%
Alice
Alice answered
Sofia
3%
SG
S G answered
Helvetica / Helvetica Neue
0.7%
SG
S G answered
San Francisco (the Apple font)
0.2%
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SG
Readex Pro (our current font)
70%
Charlie
Charlie bought M$40
@SG I like it! It is a little goofy, but then again so is a website where you can create a prediction market for literally anything.
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Austin
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Alice
Proxima Nova
21%
Alice
Alice bought M$50
Proxima Nova has everything good I said about Sofia — it feels warm, is readable, looks good in text blocks, is versatile (48 fonts in the family), has unobtrusive numbers and math symbols, and is affordable and licensable through Adobe Fonts. And compared to Readex Pro and Sofia, M$ in Proxima Nova looks the best! The straight-sided M keeps things compact and clean (especially when left-aligned), and Proxima Nova cleverly switches from a $ with the line all the way through at lighter weights (to avoid confusion between $ and S) to an open $ at bolder weights (to avoid looking too heavy).
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Alice
Alice is betting Proxima Nova
Downsides: Proxima Nova is popular, though nowhere near Helvetica's level of overuse. It could be considered a plus — it's popular for good reason! The italicized # looks insane, but how often would that be used anyway?
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JamesGrugett
@Alice Let's try it!
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Alice
Sofia
3%
Alice
Alice bought M$50
Sofia (https://fonts.adobe.com/fonts/sofia) has the friendliness of Readex Pro, but with a little more polish. It's readable (large x-height), looks good in text blocks, is versatile (40 fonts within the family), and has normal-looking numbers and math and currency symbols. Commercial licensing is included with Adobe Fonts, which I currently have.
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Alice
Alice is betting Sofia
Downsides: Sofia's M has angled sides, so M$ doesn't look as tight as Readex's straight-sided M$. Sofia's $ has empty counters, which nicely balance the visual weight of the $ with other letterforms. (Compare that to Readex Pro's $, whose continuous vertical line makes it look denser and blacker than the surrounding letters.) On the other hand, at very light weights and small sizes (which are a bad idea anyway), Sofia's $ starts looking too much like a S.
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SG
Helvetica / Helvetica Neue
0.7%
SG
San Francisco (the Apple font)
0.2%
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