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November 4, 2011 9:43 AM   Subscribe

The 8 Worst Fonts In The World
posted by fearfulsymmetry (96 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
So it turns out that once you see that the Olympic logo looks like Lisa Simpson performing fellatio, you can never unsee it.
posted by griphus at 9:45 AM on November 4, 2011 [25 favorites]


What I Learned(C):
The 2012 olympics are being held in London
posted by MangyCarface at 9:51 AM on November 4, 2011


Fonts are like prescription medicine. Off label usage should be discouraged, and for good reason. Except that Olympic font. It should never be used.
posted by Xoebe at 9:52 AM on November 4, 2011


ugh. font |= typeface. Probably the worst thing to happen to type since the advent of the computer. I'm pretty sure these folks are talking about the design which would be the typeface. The physical implementation of any typeface (such as in a specific size on webpage like this one) is a font. /typedidacticnerd
posted by lomcovak at 9:53 AM on November 4, 2011 [8 favorites]


Nobody, but nobody, disses my Souvenir.

Because it brings back the heady, feeling of reading a new Choose Your Own Adventure book, that's why.
posted by darksasami at 9:53 AM on November 4, 2011 [13 favorites]


Hello, stray comma. Where did you come from?
posted by darksasami at 9:55 AM on November 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


The 2012 Olympic Font is hilariously bad.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:57 AM on November 4, 2011


> The 2012 Olympic Font

Wow, that's awful. I would have printed my wedding invitations in a combination of Papyrus and Comic Sans before I used that.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:57 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


NO LISA THAT'S NOT A SAXOPHONE
posted by The Whelk at 9:57 AM on November 4, 2011 [29 favorites]


I tried skipping ahead to the list, saw Garamond, and was about to get all fighty.
posted by Zed at 9:58 AM on November 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


If I could straight-up delete one typeface from collective human memory for all time, I think it would be Brush Script. Even more than Comic Sans. I'm glad that one made it.
posted by penduluum at 9:59 AM on November 4, 2011


Neuland Inline is also used on every pack of American Spirit cigarettes.
posted by swift at 9:59 AM on November 4, 2011


It should be called the "8 uncoolest fonts in the world", since that seems to be about the depth of the critique. I'll agree that some of those are bad, but others are just over- or misused. And yeah, if you're gonna define someone else's work as "the worst in the world", you'd better have better reasoning than that.
posted by svenni at 9:59 AM on November 4, 2011 [9 favorites]


The Card Cheat's wedding print shop manager is a) a MeFite and b) just got to yell "STOP THE PRESSES" for the first time ever.
posted by griphus at 9:59 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


I would bet Ottawa might have been in this list, had not it become an oddly forgotten typeface. It's a nice sans-serif selection when used sparingly, but not when you set a whole damn book in it. And back in the 1980s it seems that this was all the rage with publishers... I bet I can pull 20 or 30 examples off my bookshelf and they'd all have 1982 or 1983 copyrights.
posted by crapmatic at 10:00 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Meh, weak rantsauce. Like so many font gripes it says very little about the font or why it might be "the worst", just that it has some vaguely annoying association for the author and maybe someone made a snarky quip about it once.
posted by hattifattener at 10:01 AM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Calling Ransom Note a terrible fonttypeface seems like pretty low-hanging fruit.
posted by DU at 10:01 AM on November 4, 2011


I don't even remember (or care, really) which font we did use. But I know terrible work when I see it.
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:01 AM on November 4, 2011


Anyway he's wrong cause seeing Ransom Note means I'm 18 and about to go get shitfaced in a basement bouncing around to loud music in the near future
posted by The Whelk at 10:01 AM on November 4, 2011 [8 favorites]


I support any "bad fonts" list that includes Papyrus and Brush Script, but I'm going to climb back up on this old hobby horse and ask: WHAT?? NO REMEDY??
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:02 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh god, I just do not fucking /care/ about this any more. Use whatever typeface you like for your lost cat poster.

Yes, intent and clarity in design is important. But it is important to only the smallest segment of the working public. The rest of us can just set the typeface we like and be done with it.
posted by clvrmnky at 10:03 AM on November 4, 2011 [8 favorites]


Papyrus is horrible and overused. But we already knew that.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:04 AM on November 4, 2011


Dance like nobody's watching, Devils Rancher.
posted by penduluum at 10:04 AM on November 4, 2011


2012 is going to be a good year to ber out of London, isn't it?

Course, I'm stuck in America, where electoral lunacy will nio doubt bring up it's own design horrors.
posted by Artw at 10:04 AM on November 4, 2011


Tannenberg Fett is the worst in its own way.
posted by swift at 10:05 AM on November 4, 2011


WHAT?? NO REMEDY??

FOR USE ONLY WHEN THERE IS A PICTURE OF A CAT.
posted by Artw at 10:06 AM on November 4, 2011


WITHOUT NO REMEDY HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CONVEY THE FREEDOM AND SIMPLE JOY OF OUR DAILY SPECIALS?
posted by The Whelk at 10:08 AM on November 4, 2011 [7 favorites]


Oh god, I just do not fucking /care/ about this any more.

No offence, but this is not what not caring about something generally sounds like.

Also, I'm glad for this chance to revisit the horror that is the design motif for the 2012 Olympics. It has not only negated every pound spent on 20 years of "Cool Britannia" marketing, it has set back the idea of London as a stylish capital city for a generation. It's the official font of Empire's final end. It should be called Collapse. If you squint a bit, you can actually see London Bridge falling down between the lower-case i and j.

It truly is that bad. There can't be too many threads discussing its utter shite-itude.
posted by gompa at 10:09 AM on November 4, 2011 [12 favorites]


SO pUNK muSt Be DEaD
iF rANsom NOte tYPefACes
aRE CoNsidERed unCOOl

GeT oFF mY LaWN
posted by Smart Dalek at 10:11 AM on November 4, 2011 [5 favorites]


crapmatic: The "Ottawa" you linked to is actually Hermann Zapf's Optima - a gorgeous typeface at display sizes. (But you're right, it's terrible as a book face.)
posted by arm's-length at 10:13 AM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Back when I was battling my out-of-control "free font site" addiction I quickly grew a deep hatred of any "font" named after a band, TV show, or movie. Those probably made me appreciate well crafted fonts and typefaces more than anything else.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 10:13 AM on November 4, 2011


Ridiculous. Just ridiculous. People still use fonts and typefaces? How awful and utterly messy.

Like all people who truly care about design and the beauty of letters, I have my computer read every web page via text-to-speech and then carefully copy down all the text in fine black India ink with my own hand-cut quill from the left wing of a rare albino ostrich. Then, when I want to post a comment, I carefully scan the exquisite document and use my own hand-coded OCR to translate the fine letter-forms into electronic text again.

I find it laughable that there's anybody who doesn't do it this way, as it's the only way for people who really take the appearance of texts seriously. Keyboards are all well and good, but they're really magnets for novices.
posted by koeselitz at 10:13 AM on November 4, 2011 [14 favorites]


Most of these really have a 80s novelty Letraset/90s birth of desktop publishing feel to them... For a modern horror I submit that fake japanese looking font you see on games and comics sites all the time.
posted by Artw at 10:16 AM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Some good surprises in the list. As a designer trained in the 70's, I had just about totally blocked memories of Souvenir from my mind.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:19 AM on November 4, 2011


Lets turn this conversation to a positive note

Some nice Pay What You Like fonts
posted by The Whelk at 10:20 AM on November 4, 2011 [10 favorites]


I suspect that the worst font in the world is always the one you are reading right now. I mean, how often do you stop and think "that is a good looking font!"? I am far more likely to notice a font when it is ugly, it seems. Part of the beauty of a font is that it gets out of the way when I am reading....
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:20 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


As a designer trained in the 70's

Cooper Black triggers my PTSD.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:21 AM on November 4, 2011 [5 favorites]


I better clear my browser cache before Mrs Agogo sees that I'm spending my afternoons reading about fonts again. Otherwise there's a good chance she'll cut off my serifs.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 10:22 AM on November 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


Anybody else seeing horrible aliasing on the pull-quotes in this article? All the round letters have little rectangular nipples on top! (Windows 7, Firefox)
posted by The Tensor at 10:23 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is the worst font.
posted by swift at 10:24 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is the top one the one used in the article, which looks completely broken because stems are fatter than the rest of the characters?
posted by ymgve at 10:27 AM on November 4, 2011


WHAT?? NO REMEDY??

FOR USE ONLY WHEN THERE IS A PICTURE OF A CAT.


Remedy is actually really useful for when you are a robot detective who has to go back in time to 1995 so that you can save the world by making fliers for someone's introspective yet humorous folk music gig at a coffee shop.

Cooper Black triggers my PTSD.

Cooper Black is the worst thing ever created by humanity.
posted by The World Famous at 10:27 AM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


As a designer trained in the 70's

Cooper Black triggers my PTSD.


Peignot GAH! Ultra Bodoni! Busorama AIEEEE! Tango! Frankfurter! EEK!
posted by hal9k at 10:28 AM on November 4, 2011


Peignot GAH! Ultra Bodoni! Busorama AIEEEE! Tango! Frankfurter! EEK!

Some Manchurian Candidate-style Soviet sleeper agent just got triggered.
posted by griphus at 10:31 AM on November 4, 2011 [12 favorites]


You know, I wouldn't mind throwing Impact on the list: the same font used in all those tiresome Internet meme posters.
posted by crapmatic at 10:34 AM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Nobody, but nobody, disses my Souvenir.

Because it brings back the heady, feeling of reading a new Choose Your Own Adventure book, that's why.


I think Souvenir was also used in the 1981 Moldvay / Cook D&D boxed sets.

When I saw the plus-sized sample on the linked website I was instantly happy but it took me a moment to figure out why.

Fuck those people who hate Souvenir. Fuck them.
posted by Sauce Trough at 10:37 AM on November 4, 2011 [6 favorites]


It makes more sense to be positive:
The ten best fonts etc etc
posted by Postroad at 10:39 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Brush Script, as an accent on retro '30s, '40s and '50s flavored layouts, really works. (A motto on a diner menu below the art-deco logo, for instance.)

Comic Sans is dead to everyone forever, tho.
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:41 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Comic Sans is a perfectly fine font in the correct context...

That context being a defunct 90s UI experiment that went nowhere.
posted by Artw at 10:48 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think it's worse when something like Arial or Times New Roman is blown up to massive size and used as a headline/cover font. It just looks horrendous. I don't want to be hyperbolic but my local parish newsletter/notice board is an offence to humanity on that front (oh and using about 50 fonts on one page)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:50 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


The worst nerds in the world: font nerds. If I had a choice between ridding the world of either Comic Sans or all the people who bitch obsessively about it... well, I'd hope that certain MeFites weren't in the latter group, but I wouldn't lose sleep over it.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:53 AM on November 4, 2011 [4 favorites]


Ransom Note is the typeface used in Lebowski by the nihilists to demand money from Lebowski, the other Lebowski, Jeffrey Lebowski, the millionaire. What have you done that is nearly as cool?
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 10:54 AM on November 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


Ah 70's typefaces. For me, Cooper Black will always mean Foxfire and Optima will always be my decrepit twenty-year-old driver's ed textbook.
posted by infinitewindow at 10:54 AM on November 4, 2011


For me, Optima will always be the alien name when typesetting my own Cosmic Encounter alien power cards. (Yes, I know it wasn't a perfect match for the published ones. But it was what I used.)
posted by Zed at 11:00 AM on November 4, 2011


The typeface they show for the 2012 Olympics is an amateur knockoff derived from the logo. It is not used on organization materials. The official font family is in the same angular vein but is properly crafted by a real type designer, Gareth Hague.
posted by Typographica at 11:05 AM on November 4, 2011


When I took a job in the 1990s, designing billing systems for non-standard engineering contracts, I reached the point of designing invoices, cringed at the standard Times New Roman and, looking for something more readable in the limited selection of Microsoft Office fonts of the day and found Bookman Old Style. As relatively mediocre as the implementation of Bookman Old Style may have been, I was pleasantly surprised at the utility of something that was pigeonholed as "that '70's font with the swashes" (disclaimer: I've used a swashy version in logos ever since 1979, when it gave me a fun-looking 'w' for a newsletter). It seemed perfect to me for documents that used both columns of numbers and text descriptions longer than one line. During my several years at that job, I got more and more comfortable with Bookman, at one point convincing a Times-loyal manager to use it on all invoices produced by the company. I'm still using Bookman wherever possible - it's the user-defined font I use here a MetaFilter (thank you Matt & Co. for that beautiful pony). Only recently, the folks at Veer offered a version of Bookman that is the only font I have ever paid more than a couple bucks for. That version's not good for screen text display (too bold in its standard weight), but if you ever want strong title text (but less overwhelming than the semi-related Clarendon) and a change to toss in an occasional alternate character (like my swashy 'w'), it can be too much fun. Please don't hate it just because the Heritage Foundation uses it.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:06 AM on November 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


ooh! font wank
*breaks out the pop corn*
posted by liza at 11:10 AM on November 4, 2011


I was totally hoping I'd click on comments and the font for everyone's comments would be Papyrus, just like that epic comic sans post we had a few years back.

Oh well...
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 11:13 AM on November 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


This made me so angry. I love all of these fonts. They produce such poignant sensations.

Ecofont is like CHECK IT OUT, I AM THE AREA AROUND A MIRROR

Souvenir is like, "Hi baby you're home I made fajitas."

Gill Sans Light Shadowed is like, hey man sorry to bother you man that's a nice hat man do you know where I could score some hydro around here man?

Brush Script is like "That's a pretty racy postcard, Carrie Fisher!!"

Papyrus is like "Ancient people had, like, so much wisdom, man and now, bitch, nobody can fuckin' draw a pentagon anymore, the fuckin' society is all fucked up. Shit."

Neuland Inline is like, "Hsssssssss. Hsssssss."

Ransom Note is like, GOOGLE RON PAUL.

The 2012 Olympic font is like, "my mother never held me when I was young."
posted by liminalrampaste at 11:14 AM on November 4, 2011 [21 favorites]


I'm confused. This is how this article's font looks on my computer. Is it supposed to look like that? Is this meant to be ironic?
posted by justkevin at 11:16 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Youch. I think theres a checkbox for antialiasing somewhere you badly need to click.
posted by Artw at 11:19 AM on November 4, 2011


Kibo swore by Zany as the world's worst font, with Mecanorma Plumpy as a close runner-up. I tend to believe him.
posted by delfin at 11:21 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


K, no idea why the Plumpy link borked, but it should be this.
posted by delfin at 11:22 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think it's worse when something like Arial or Times New Roman is blown up to massive size and used as a headline/cover font. It just looks horrendous. I don't want to be hyperbolic but my local parish newsletter/notice board is an offence to humanity on that front (oh and using about 50 fonts on one page)

I took over editing my local magazine because the design annoyed me so much. I'm hardly a designer at all, but it was so outstandingly bad that it hurt even my untrained eyes.
posted by Jehan at 11:27 AM on November 4, 2011


So it turns out that once you see that the Olympic logo looks like Lisa Simpson performing fellatio, you can never unsee it.

Sure you can... once you realize the coloring more matches another Simpsons character.

I apologize for ruining your mind.

to be fair, it looks like you're not the first to come to that visual conclusion, however
posted by FatherDagon at 11:32 AM on November 4, 2011


Okay, maybe it's not so popular anymore, but Dom Casual used to give me nightmares. Having to typeset ads without number in this hideous mess, with its awful kerning and impossibly ugly proportions, will do that to you.

That Olympic thing is an abomination though.
posted by kinnakeet at 11:35 AM on November 4, 2011


There is no way I can unsee that Lisa Simpson thing. I am going to be giggling through the whole olympics.
posted by chemoboy at 11:44 AM on November 4, 2011


Tannenberg Fett is the worst in its own way.

Interestingly enough, Nazi Germany actually transitioned the country away from Fraktur typefaces, to using Roman type. This makes the use of Fraktur in video games and movies kind of funny. Some German authors used these typefaces again after WWII as a statement of breaking with the country's troubled past.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:30 PM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Don't care. Still like Papyrus. I guess I'm just totally uncultured. But so are all the people who complain about it just because other people complain about it. Which is likely some of you.
posted by Glinn at 12:38 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


You should open a Thai resteraunt!
posted by Artw at 12:45 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Don't care. Still like Papyrus.

It's not just that it's bad. It's really only mediocre, but it's horribly over-used. I'll admit to not totally minding it, before I saw it on every damn jar at the grocery store & every cultural event flyer for the last 10 years. It's become a lazy stereotype go-to font for anyone wanting to denote some "ethnicity" to anything.
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:02 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


WHAT?? NO REMEDY??

How do you expect the neighbors to announce their 7-year-old daughter's birthday pool party?

If you use Giddy-Up they'll expect ponies! WHEN THEY DON'T SEE PONIES, THE CRYING STARTS! PINK CUPCAKES CAN NOT STOP THE TEARS!

IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?!

No, of course not, use Remedy.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:04 PM on November 4, 2011 [4 favorites]


I unfortunately assumed "worst fonts in the world" meant "worst fonts in the WORLD" and expected to see crappy but intriguing fonts for Chinese, Arabic, etc.

I has disappoint. I guess I'm the only one who was really annoyed by the English-centric title?
posted by The ____ of Justice at 1:12 PM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Don't care. Still like Papyrus.

I want to be there when lawyer reads your aunt's will and announce you've inherited her stationary, wicker knick-knack and hand-made soap store. I wanna see that light in your eye fade out.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:13 PM on November 4, 2011 [4 favorites]


I has disappoint. I guess I'm the only one who was really annoyed by the English-centric title?

Probably.

But I would be interested in seeing examples of non-latin fonts that suck.
posted by Artw at 1:14 PM on November 4, 2011


I loved the jibe about crackled Letraset on a school magazine. You have to be a certain age for that to really hit home.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:26 PM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


In answer to nobody above, I've loved alphabets since before I could read. When I was nine or ten (I could read by then) I saw Brush Script in a book of alphabets in a stationery store (I also loved stationery stores) and was quite taken with the cap T. I've used it to sign my name ever since. 30 years later I spent a decade setting ad type, so I saw plenty of it. It was/is far from the worst (I'd rather see my own blood than another word in Mystral). Type went to shit with the advent of the PC in the 80s. Everybody thinks they're a typefounder. I watched a craft and an industry die, and seldom see type worth looking at anymore. /bitterness
posted by carping demon at 1:46 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's (Papyrus) not just that it's bad. It's really only mediocre, but it's horribly over-used.

I've been enjoying Your Aunt Diane much more since I made a custom stylesheet that displays it in Papyrus.
posted by Sauce Trough at 1:59 PM on November 4, 2011


Your Aunt Diane & Friend From HS are about the best gag Twitter accounts out there. That one should totally be in Comic Sans.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:07 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm Comic Sans, Asshole . . . nice to see comic sans getting a little respect.
posted by Sassyfras at 2:09 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've been told that since Cooper Black is getting a little too much attention to be cool any more, the hipsters are turning to Hobo to sate their need for fontographic irony. I hope this is not true.
posted by ardgedee at 2:11 PM on November 4, 2011


It's not just that it's bad. It's really only mediocre, but it's horribly over-used. I'll admit to not totally minding it, before I saw it on every damn jar at the grocery store & every cultural event flyer for the last 10 years. It's become a lazy stereotype go-to font for anyone wanting to denote some "ethnicity" to anything.

Yeah, yeah. I'll probably change my *%&^!* banner. It just seems that I've seen far more grar about the idea of the font, than the actual font in all these million places it's supposed to be. I don't really doubt that it's true, but I haven't seen it so much, or it isn't noteworthy to me. And I do think some people get all up-in-arms about it because they're supposed to, rather than because they've been made nauseous by its prevalence.
posted by Glinn at 3:20 PM on November 4, 2011


Here's a new contender (all caps, extreme steampunkery, probably unreadable at anything below 500 point)
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:40 PM on November 4, 2011


"You know what really gets my goat? Novices and/or lazy designers."

Yeah, you tell'em!

This article is the worst. SEO linkbait to the fucking max. It's pretty simple, friends: the right tool for the right job. The best designers understand this well, and they don't talk much about it because they're too busy doing good work.

But hey! Since lists are so popular on the web these days, here's my list of favorite typefaces (i.e. typefaces I, a non-designer, have actually paid for because I love them so much):

1. Meta (for technical documents at work)
2. Futura (for postery stuff, especially Futura Bold)
3. Borges (for long booky stuff)
4. Tartine Script Black (for logo-y stuff)
5. Din Condensed (posters, again)
6. Gotham Rounded (for cute stuff)
7. Phaeton (my Papyrus alternative)
posted by Doleful Creature at 4:06 PM on November 4, 2011 [13 favorites]


To me, nothing will ever top Algerian. ("Hey, look, I'm old-world!") Once you start seeing it, you'll start seeing it everywhere.

Curlz is a close second...
posted by joshwa at 4:21 PM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


(To me, the 2012 Olympics logo looks like Maggie Simpson playing Space Invaders.)
posted by 4eyes at 4:31 PM on November 4, 2011


This article is the worst. SEO linkbait to the fucking max.

It's taken from a book on fonts by Simon Garfield, who's an acclaimed non-fiction writer (The Nation's Favourite is a fabulous book, though perhaps only if you lived in Britain from about 1970-1995) - it wasn't actually written for the web. Though the idea of SEO in printed books amuses me - I'm picturing an acknowledgements page that spells out CIALIS with the first letter of every sentence.
posted by mippy at 4:46 PM on November 4, 2011


All this font talk...
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:03 PM on November 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


Speaking of fonts, iotic made a lovely font that averages out all the fonts on his/her computer.

A Mefi project.

I wonder what averaging out all the crazy fonts listed above would look like.
posted by The ____ of Justice at 9:35 PM on November 4, 2011


I love cooper black, because it reminds me of slightly broken down, worn out, threadbare pleasures from the 70s. You know, like plastic furniture, disco cuts, thousand island dressing, key parties.

i like to see it used with super graphics of rainbows.
posted by PinkMoose at 10:36 PM on November 4, 2011


Rather than dad dancing I see the 2012 Olympics font as equivalent to Jeremy Paxman talking to Dizzee Rascal.
posted by pmcp at 10:50 PM on November 4, 2011


To me, nothing will ever top Algerian. ("Hey, look, I'm old-world!") Once you start seeing it, you'll start seeing it everywhere.

Oh yes, the font of a thousand self-pub/small press steampunk novel/rpg covers
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:11 AM on November 5, 2011


The official font family is in the same angular vein but is properly crafted by a real type designer, Gareth Hague.

It's still not very nice, is it?

The ultimate example that points out that Times (NR) isn't ideal for headlines is the Patrick Troughton Dr Who title sequence.

Otherwise I'm getting tired of people endlessly pointing out "The Ten Worst Whatevers Evurr!" and really only gave this the time of day because it was Simon Garfield.
posted by Grangousier at 4:41 AM on November 5, 2011


Delfin wrote: Kibo swore by Zany as the world's worst font ...

Oh great, now he's going to come post a comment.
posted by Joe in Australia at 5:52 AM on November 5, 2011


It's pretty simple, friends: the right tool for the right job. The best designers understand this well, and they don't talk much about it because they're too busy doing good work.

Some of us bitch about it because we have the misfortune of working for clueless managers who want things to "pop".
posted by Fleebnork at 8:39 AM on November 5, 2011


I have only recently discovered my typography fetish, but I do agree that it's more in the presentation than the actual typeface. This Weird Al Yankovic clip really floats my boat, and contains quite a few of the less loved typefaces (I an ironic context, I guess).
posted by Diag at 12:27 PM on November 5, 2011


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