John August’s Quote-Unquote Apps has released a new typeface for screenwriters called Courier Prime:
I wanted a font that could be substituted letter-for-letter with Courier Final Draft, but look better, both on-screen and printed. I wanted a bolder bold and real italics, not just slanted glyphs.
Alan [Dague-Greene] rose to the challenge, creating a typeface that is unmistakably Courier, but subtly improved in ways you wouldn’t necessarily notice at first.
John has previously worked in graphic design, and he says it is the cruelest irony is that he has now spent over a decade using nothing but twelve-point Courier. I, too, appreciate aesthetics and can understand his struggle. However, I have always liked Courier.
Screenplays were traditionally hammered out on typewriters, which is why modern scribes preserve the look today. I enjoy the analog nostalgia for an era when men wore suits and fedoras and their films were shot in black and white. Also, as an LA native, I have grown up seeing the same buildings and landscapes immortalized by the likes of Billy Wilder and Howard Hawks. To me, Courier is Hollywood.
On a more functional level, the font is easy to read and edit—probably more so for prose authors who must conquer full pages of text. Other fonts such as Times or Helvetica can lead to missed typos since proportional letters blend together, unlike their monospaced counterparts.
So, I welcome a new Courier, especially since Prime has true italics. Every other version’s italics appear awkward or practically unrecognizable from the regular characters. This is the font’s best feature, and I look forward to printing my next novel manuscript in Prime.
It is available for free from Quote-Unquote Apps.