Dissecting the character of horrible typography
Maybe you’re one of them, you know, those who revel in the fact that they can easily detect a font. Maybe you feel tortured when you see overused or ugly fonts whenever you’re out; on a menu, a billboard, a shop sign. Certain fonts may conjure up emotions, sometimes adoration and sometimes annoyance.
The most universally annoying font is Comic Sans. As a kid you probably used it because it contained the word “comic” thus making it seem fun and playful. Little were you aware of the contempt towards it. In the present, any utterance of that phrase is an incantation that will land you dirty looks and groans from passers by. This overused font is recycled on everything from greeting cards to advertisements. The worst case is when the font’s goofy strokes lay in opposition to its message, and this seems to happen far too often. The only real benefit to Comic Sans is that people everywhere are united in its hatred.
Then there is Curlz MT. Described as a “whimsical” typeface, when it should really be labeled as a lame preschool-princess-party font. Curly, horrible, and impossible to read. A majority of pollers voted it the “worst font” on some random website. The source of the poll doesn’t matter, all that matters is that they are right.
The final font in today’s rant is Papyrus, seen in every yoga studio window and on every thai-food menu. It was also featured in Avatar. Yes, a film that featured a breakthrough in cinematic technology used a typeface that defines anti-innovation. If you are in the mood to feel aggravated, visit iheartpapyrus.com. Every time you use Papyrus, a graphic designer dies.
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