# Font size fallacies

1. hungariantoast
Fun fact: Akshay, the author of this post, is also the author of the font that I use on my computer, in the terminal and other places: Scientifica. It's a lovely, sharp little font. Like, very...

Fun fact: Akshay, the author of this post, is also the author of the font that I use on my computer, in the terminal and other places: Scientifica. It's a lovely, sharp little font. Like, very little.

And indeed, there is a distinct difference between Scientifica's size on my 1440p monitor, versus on my 1080p monitor.

That's the point the author is trying to make. Sure, mathematically, eleven does equal eleven, and eleven pixels is eleven pixels on any screen, but the visual size of eleven pixels varies greatly.

And the author absolutely understands this. They understand it so well, they even made an upscaled version of Scientifica: Curie.

2. [5]
ThatFanficGuy
Uh... Yeah, it is. The sizing of the font doesn't change: only its visual size. The problem with statements like these is that they're underthought. When you end up with the notion that 11px ≠...

11 px on your display is probably not 11 px on my display.

Uh... Yeah, it is. The sizing of the font doesn't change: only its visual size.

The problem with statements like these is that they're underthought. When you end up with the notion that 11px ≠ 11px, you at the very least missed a step.

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Silbern
I think what they're saying is that the size those number of pixels takes up isn't identical. If we draw a 64x64 pixel image on my ThinkPad (12.5" at 1080p) and then one on my desktop monitor...

I think what they're saying is that the size those number of pixels takes up isn't identical. If we draw a 64x64 pixel image on my ThinkPad (12.5" at 1080p) and then one on my desktop monitor (1600x1200 at around 23" iirc), the sizeing and shaping of these pixels will be different even though the number of pixels is the same. The size of pixel A on one display is different than the size of pixel B on another, so 11px on one screen won't look the same as 11px on the other.

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papasquat
Isn't that... kind of obvious? Anyone that's ever gone from a lower res screen to a higher res screen without enabling UI scaling features can see that pretty plainly, and if you have a 1080p...

Isn't that... kind of obvious?
Anyone that's ever gone from a lower res screen to a higher res screen without enabling UI scaling features can see that pretty plainly, and if you have a 1080p screen on your phone, obviously 64x64 is going to be a lot smaller than if you were to put it on a 24" 1080p monitor, since the screen is smaller.

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1. Silbern