You’re not alone. As fonts go, Times New Roman has been around since the 1930s. It’s been distributed with every copy of Microsoft Windows since Version 3.1, it’s a default for formal documentation and traditional typefaces, and if you’re reading a book, it’s probably printed in Times New Roman.
It’s hardly a surprise, given the font’s characteristic serif style and legibility, but it’s become so ubiquitous that its frankly rather unappealing when it comes to adding some panache to your projects.
In this article, we’re going to look at five fonts that provide refreshing alternatives for those tired of Times New Roman.
Don’t let the name fool you – Typefolio’s Adriane Text is far from a French baby. Instead, it’s a crisp strong Serif font comprising of exceptional true italics, all without being too flamboyant. Adriane Text manages to present itself as a formal, decorative font without being excessive in its flourishes.
For something more stand-out without stepping too far away from the traditional type of Times New Roman, Paulo Goode’s Carrig is an eye-catching alternative that would look fantastic in any books, and up front and center within any headline that demands a distinctive Serif.
Click here if it takes your fancy.
If your problem with Times New Roman was a lack of a certain vintage flair, Maga’s the answer to your prayers. An interesting font that doesn’t look out of place on a formal document and yet would make for an excellent header or logo typeface, what Maga boasts is versatility.
Check it out for yourself.
A departure from the Serif fonts above, we bring up Libertad because it’s a balanced and dynamic font that we think looks as clean on the page as Times New Roman does. This is a lovingly created font that strikes a great balance regardless of its weight. A recommended purchase for those wanting a font that’s truly a league above all others.
The perfect blend of everything we’ve discussed above, as serif fonts go that can succeed Times New Roman, Accolade might well be the champion. It’s has a lot of the same characteristics of its forefather, such as its respectable neutral presence, but there’s something softer and more natural about the font that keeps it original.
We’d be surprised if none of these fonts captivate you as an alternative to Times New Roman, but if we’ve not quite hit the mark here, we likely can in other areas. By all means check out our guide on choosing fonts for more advice in making sure that your font is conveying all that you want, and if you really want to get stuck in and search for yourself, check out our full and robust range of font categories.