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A recent story on NPR about the importance of type font for a resume reminded me about the importance of typography for lawyers.
The NPR story notes that "[b]efore you even get your foot in the door of your next job, your resume can say a lot about you — starting with typeface.Using Times New Roman is the typeface equivalent of wearing sweatpants to an interview." The recommended font picks are Helvetica or Garamond.
Not only is typography and type font important for hiring purposes, it is also important for legal writing. Mathew Butterick's Typography for Lawyers is the quintessential guidebook for desktop publishing. Butterick also maintains a wonderful companion website that offers great tips on all things typography.
The website offers information on why typography matters, what is good typography, and discusses things like type composition, text formatting, font samples, page layout, and sample documents.
Some things to note:
This is a perfect example to show that taking time to really focus on the details will pay off in the end.
Jamie Baker is a lawyer-librarian. She blogs at http://www.gingerlibrarian.blogspot.com.