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Typography psychology: What does your typeface say about you?

Forget handwriting analysis (that’s so last century): What does your typeface say about you?
I believe a person’s font of choice can reflect on her personality in telling ways.

Forget handwriting analysis (that’s so last century): What does your typeface say about you?

I believe a person’s font of choice can reflect on her personality in telling ways. I bounced this theory off Carol Waldron, a typography professor at the University of Minnesota, who sounded marginally convinced.

“In some sense, any time we make a decision from a selection of options, yes, it reflects on personality,” she said. I reworded the question a couple of times, hoping to win her over. “Wouldn’t a Times New Roman personality differ from a Comic Sans personality?”

Still, Carol responded with cautious clauses like “I suppose so” and “to some extent.”

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So here’s my case: The evolution of my personality, as reflected by the evolution of my favorite fonts.

So tell me: What does your favorite font say about you?