Which serif font is suitable for a manual and best matches Arial for length of text?

I have a manual here, designed in Arial font. Arial has to be changed to a serif font. At this moment I’ve chosen Garamond. But now the number of pages increases. Of course it isn’t possible to stop that. But I like to minimize that.

So my question is: Which serif font do you tip me? I’ve heard the hint for the Times (… but also with Times the number of pages increase).
I’m curious if there are other, nicer fonts.


The best font depends on your output. If the manual is being printed you may have some restrictions. If a serif is too small it has the potential to bleed, especially depending on the paper it’s printed on, which will influence your choice. You may need a font that has designed ink traps (take a look at Matthew Carter’s TED talk, he discusses ink traps around 6:30)

If it’s a digital manual you have more options. If you like the look of Garamond, you may want to try adjusting the size of the type to more match the height of Arial. For example: the company I work for uses a serif and non-serif, and our non-serif standard is 0.5 pt smaller than it’s serif counterpart to achieve the same heights.

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