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Examples of websites with Courier New font?

Asked by Tintels (123points) June 22nd, 2010

Does anybody know of any nice website designs with Courier New as main font? I hardly ever see it used and the typeface does belong to the small set of web safe fonts..

Perhaps there is a good reason that designers are not using it?

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gorillapaws's avatar

@ChazMaz I think @Tintels is familiar with what the font looks like. I believe the question was looking for sites with good design that utilize it.

The fact that it’s mono-spaced is why your rarely see it I believe.

Jeruba's avatar

In my opinion, good design and Courier are antithetical.

CMaz's avatar

That site is utilizing it.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

Yes, there’s a good reason that websites don’t use Courier often in websites. Sans-serif fonts, such as Arial and Helvetica, are more easily read on computer screens, while serif fonts (like Courier New and Times New Roman) are better for print on paper. I don’t know exactly why this is, but it’s true. Especially considering Courier New is a monospace font (typeface in which each letter takes up the same amount of horizontal space). that makes the kerning such that it’s even harder to read on a computer screen unless very large.

However, in a sense, almost all web design uses Courier in a way. Monospaced fonts are preferred for coding, such as HTML and Flash’s ActionScript. In fact, if you are using FireFox and go to View -> Page Source, the HTML/CSS code should be in Courier.

Hope this clears things up a bit. :) I guess my typography classes haven’t been completely useless after all.

phaedryx's avatar

Like @ParaParaYukiko says, a website that features a lot of programming/code will probably use a monospace font like Courier New (e.g.

ashleybmeyer's avatar

One of my favorites:
I like the use of courier in some websites, especially when the whole design in general is tending towards minimalist. I think of it as a rebellion against overdone fonts & design.

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