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we're having a font discussion here and i figured i'm open the question to a broader audience.
name some fonts that render really well on tv, and/or are made specifically for tv.
an interaction designer here made the call to move forward with a font called toga and it couldn't be more awful. it's keming is awful and it looks like someone increased its vertical scale to 110%.
If it looks good 1:1 (pixel ratio) @ 1080p then you should be good. I am no expert here by any means, though.
"Toga Sans™ is the result of an evening spent with the Bitstream Vera Sans™ font and the pfaedit program. Essentially, just as Microsoft's Tahoma™ was designed as a screen-width friendlier version of their Verdana™ (and Bitstream Vera Sans appears to have been strongly influenced by Verdana), Toga is meant to be a narrower version of Vera. In fact, that's what it literally is, because I ended up just using "scale" on all the characters and then adjusting the metrics accordingly. It looks better than the versions where I tried to manually adjust kern pairs and whatnot. Per the Bitstream Vera Sans license agreement, I have renamed the font and removed Bitstream's name despite the minimal amount of work I did, and this modified font is available under the same terms."
Sounds like you were right...
If you are designing a tv app, most of them already have system fonts that you have to use.
google tv: droid sans
Microsoft Mediaroom: segoe
Philips: philips screen fonts...
ko motherfuckin' na in da house
now i'm in a discussion over using toga, univers, futura, or museo.
toga is by far the worst but i can't come to justify using any of the other three either. of them maybe museo is the nicest.
Would Forza work well?