Minion Pro (a serif font for body text) and Myriad Pro (a sans serif font for section headings) are beautiful fonts to use when writing papers. In my opinion, they make a well-written paper even more pleasant to read. I first saw Minion Pro used in a SIGCOMM paper from MSR, and I’ve been using it ever since, including in my dissertation.
Unfortunately, installing new fonts in LaTeX is complicated. It requires dozens of steps and a simple typo in any one of them can lead to hours of unneeded headaches. This is why I was ecstatic to find a git repository that automates installing these fonts. You can find it here: https://github.com/sebschub/FontPro. Just be sure to run the install script as sudo. Also, after installing each font, type: