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I think mgrasso mentioned something about this recently, I'm not sure, but Slate has an interesting thing about Helvetica, and, also, an informal survey of various authors and their favorite fonts - interestinly enough, most of them use Courier/Courier New. Here at my job, everything is done either in Times or Arial; at home, I write my lyrics and/or aborted attempts at longer prose in Garamond, Palatino or Book Antiqua. So, then, what do you use? Or do you care, one way or the other?
anything other than TNR for me would be like writing with my left hand. i love courier when working on a screenplay or other script, though.
I use lots of Goudy Old Style, and also some Palatino. When I want a leaner and crisper look, it's Arial Narrow (which is also my preferred Excel font).
Mostly Times, but I have a special love for Palatino, the font of choice at my college newspaper. In fact, I have a tattoo in Palatino.
At work, we use either Arial or Verdana, and that's an actual choice made by the founders. Verdana is my preferred these days.
You realize this is my version of "what are your all-time top five records," right? I could divide this into a whole list of screen fonts vs. print fonts, display type vs. body type, but let me just give a couple from each.

On screen I tend to use Trebuchet MS or Lucida Grande as my body font and something like Helvetica (falling back to the milquetoast Arial on PCs) for headlines — with the letterspacing slightly tighter than usual.

(Readability is key on screen, and Microsoft wasn't fucking around when they designed all the fonts we use on modern PCs. Trebuchet, Verdana, Tahoma, and Georgia are incredibly readable at a wide range of sizes. This is a good thing, since web designers are generally restricted to the small handful of fonts that their visitors are likely to have installed.)

On the printed page it's tougher — you can become paralyzed by choice. I'm a signage fan, so I'd probably go with something like Din or Interstate for the display type. For body type I'd use Myriad if I needed a sans-serif and the venerable Minion if I needed a serif.
Arial size 10 for all my work-related projects!

In college I used Century Gothic, as we were most often asked to turn in papers based on page length rather than word count.

Century Gothic letters are a smidge bigger than other fonts, so I could easily turn a 4-page paper into a 5-page one, without making it look too obvious (like the poor f*ckers who used to use Times New Roman size 16...)

Hell, if I tweaked the margins a bit, trimming an inch off each page, that was easily another half-page to turn in...

But now, my typing is for my own eyes more than anyone else's, so I try to keep it all uniform.

Damn, I really have too much to say on this comment.

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Anything sans serif needs to be verdana 10 pt. Helvetica is hideously ugly and arial is personally offensive. Comic sans is the devil. It's in another category completely.

For a nice serif font, palatino linotype. Beautiful. Especially the italicized ampersands.

I'm sort of relieved to know everyone else is obsessed with typography, too. Here's a fun site: www.identifont.com. History of fonts, famous typographers, etc. Matthew Carter is my hero.