TV Core Font Set
Consisting of 16 weights that comprise the
Screen family, the TV core font set is designed especially for
low-resolution devices such as TV screens. The Screen typeface outperforms alternatives
because of its readability. Characters are easy to distinguish and easy on the
eyes, regardless of screen resolution.
The Screen design sets the maxim for “transparent type”
– when words themselves must make the statement – not the type. Clarity is
critical when displaying messages that need to be read and understood quickly.
Anything less draws attention to the product as inferior, perhaps even
difficult to use.
Set-top boxes and interactive TVs (as well as mobile phones and
PDAs) can benefit from the iType font engine, Monotype Imaging’s scalable font subsystem for rendering high-quality characters within
memory-constrained environments. The iType font engine works with industry-standard TrueType®
fonts – or highly compact stroke-based fonts – and includes a fast TrueType
The Screen Typeface Designed For Ultimate Readability
The sans serif, serif and monospace weights were
designed to overcome conditions that compromise on-screen readability. Text –
especially small characters – is subject to ambiguity or blurriness when
displayed on TV and other low-resolution screens.
Letters and low-resolution display screens are generally an
unfriendly combination. Delicate character components – such as stems and
hairlines – often break up or fade out against the high-contrast backgrounds of
display screens. Also, because lowercase letters typically have a small
x-height (the height of the letter excluding ascenders and descenders),
characters can look muddled and indistinguishable when displayed on-screen. To
dismiss these and other issues that lead to unpleasant reading experiences,
the Screen typeface family was designed.
The typeface features a large x-height to improve clarity and to
more sharply define lower case letters – a welcome modification since over 95
percent of text in any correspondence is lowercase.
The larger x-height improves clarity and character
Alternative fonts with a smaller
x-height are often more difficult to read on TV or other high-contrast screens.
Additional thickness has been applied to stems and serifs to
offset contrast and to increase readability on mobile phones, PDAs and TVs –
especially when viewing TV at a distance.
More importantly, each character has been designed to be easily
recognizable and unambiguous.
Characters are clear and legible.
Alternative fonts often produce
The Screen design can be manipulated within the iType font engine
to produce a variety of character edges or special effects.
The Screen design is also part of Monotype Imaging’s
closed caption font set, a collection that allows manufacturers to meet
FCC-mandated specifications for closed captioning.
Screen typeface family features and benefits
Viewers are able to distinguish each character clearly and
quickly, regardless of size.
Superior screen quality
Viewers can see all aspects of character forms without
degradation that may be caused by the device itself, such as low screen
resolution or high background contrast.
Characters can be displayed at any intended size, without the
burden of storing additional bitmap fonts to accommodate varying sizes.
The metaphor, transparent type, was coined by Beatrice Warde,
Monotypes famous marketing manager of the 1930s and 40s. She once wrote in an
article that good type is like a crystal goblet which allows content to be
more important than the container. Warde believed that the best typefaces do
not get in the way of the communication process. The best faces are virtually
invisible and allow words to make the statement not the type. One of the objectives of the Screen design is to meet Wardes idea of transparent type.
Contact us to learn more about integrating Monotype Imaging’s TV Core Font Set into your solution.