We’ve talked a bit before on Slaw about Matthew Butterick’s great book, Typography for Lawyers, copies of which should be found wherever lawyers’ thoughts are committed to print (digital or otherwise). Now Butterick’s created Equity, a typeface specifically for lawyers. He says, in an article in Co. Design, that he designed Equity:
to be every bit as space-efficient as TNR [Times New Roman], but eminently more readable—and a tad sexy. “I wanted Equity to be like a navy-blue Armani suit: a classic updated with contemporary virtues.”
The typeface includes 24 fonts—a face is a design and a font enables the expression of that design, in this case in two weights and six styles: regular, italic, bold, bold italic, regular caps, bold caps. As important, it comes with proper small caps to let you avoid the terrible result of using Word’s “small caps” feature.
You can see Equity in action in a PDF of various documents that use it.
If nothing else, considering whether or not to use this font in your work will mean that you’re paying attention to the fine details of your printed work, something that can only benefit those who want to read it.