For these practical reasons, I leaned towards sticking with standard fonts in business presentations. Things are changing though:
- PDF is now my preferred format for sending presentations to people: it can easily be viewed on mobile devices and has a nicer, more permanent feel to it than an editable file. Once a PDF is created, fonts will display correctly on any device
- There are more and more free fonts available that make it technically easy to download and install a font quickly, without having to count the number of seats that use the font in order to get in trouble with the license I paid for.
So, when do I consider using a custom font?
- Smaller organisations that are relatively tech-savvy. The big traditional Fortune 500 company is still locked into Calibri for the time being I am afraid.
- When I can use an open source font, not so much to save money, but to save the hassle of having to deal with license seat counts