These five are the most legible and most attractive to me.
Most people probably hate Times New Roman because it was forced upon them for high school and college papers. Times is my chosen font on Microsoft Word, probably because I’m just so used to it. It’s also very legible in 12 or 10pt font.
Verdana is good for web pages. It’s sans serif, therefore easy on the eyes. The rounded letters are aesthetically pleasing. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s quite large. A 12pt line of Verdana takes up a lot more room than a 12pt line of Times.
Bookman Old Style is nice to read, for the same reasons as Verdana. It’s also quite large and “bubbly,” which helps with legibility.
I see lots of books printed in Book Antiqua and it’s easy to see why; although it’s a serif font, it’s quite legible. I wouldn’t write onscreen using this font, but it’s a pleasure to read in print.
Finally, Courier. Most people don’t really care for it and yes, it is ugly, but sometimes it’s nice to have a font where every character takes up the same amount of space. I believe they’re called monotype fonts, but please correct me if I’m wrong.
What are your favorite fonts? 🙂