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July 23, 2003 9:18 AM   Subscribe

Typeface Smackdown. (via Kottke.)
posted by Vidiot (12 comments total)
I have a crush on Helvetica Neue, please don't tell my wife.
posted by riffola at 9:29 AM on July 23, 2003

Me crush Arial.
posted by tommasz at 9:30 AM on July 23, 2003

A typographer writes:

Arial was actually designed especially for modern computer typesetting (DeeTeePee if you like). The original Helvetica was not.

A typeface overused/used badly is not in itself a bad typeface.

Before Arial, Helvetica was done to death by bad/unsympathetic/over-use (as was Times in the serif camp).

The design of the typeface is owned by Agfa-Monotype *not* Microsoft.

From the foundry themselves:
'Contemporary sans serif design, Arial contains more humanist characteristics than many of its predecessors and as such is more in tune with the mood of the last decades of the twentieth century. The overall treatment of curves is softer and fuller than in most industrial style sans serif faces. Terminal strokes are cut on the diagonal which helps to give the face a less mechanical appearance. Arial is an extremely versatile family of typefaces which can be used with equal success for text setting in reports, presentations, magazines etc, and for display use in newspapers, advertising and promotions.'

[Feeling smug cuz my I just found out that my mags have been nominated for 2 design & print awards ;-)]
posted by i_cola at 9:40 AM on July 23, 2003

kottke sucks! and I hope Helvetica wins.
posted by mcsweetie at 9:41 AM on July 23, 2003

Screw helvetica! Bring on the nuptial script!
What a clever little game.
posted by DenOfSizer at 10:16 AM on July 23, 2003

So where can I go to lay the smackdown on Times New Roman with Palatino? Eh?

Neat little toy. Next round should be any other font taking on Comic Sans.
posted by Salmonberry at 10:23 AM on July 23, 2003

Could someone explain to me why Comic Sans is bad? (I agree that it's overused, but is it a bad typeface per se?) I just keep hearing this chorus of how terrible it is, but I don't have any design skillz to know WHY it's bad.
posted by Vidiot at 10:39 AM on July 23, 2003

I admit the Comic Sans banning campaign got a little silly, I just used it as the easiest reference. People don't use it for what it was designed for, which is the case with most system fonts. I've always found it odd that people will pay for stock photography, but balk at spending money on getting the right font, and fonts can be quite inexpensive.

Font preferences are subjective and I'm sure the Arial fans will respond soon enough. Oh yeah Vidiot, they'll be coming for you! They'll go all sans-serif on your ass!

*goes and changes her MeFi font preference to Arial*
posted by Salmonberry at 11:24 AM on July 23, 2003

Give me Goudy Old Style any day of the week.
posted by beth at 12:01 PM on July 23, 2003

posted by Stan Chin at 4:16 PM on July 23, 2003

Stan, who's pretending?

Foam Train font glossary
  ban comic sans
optical proximity correction

posted by eddydamascene at 4:32 PM on July 23, 2003

Stan: With kerning that bad, someone ain't foolin' ;-)
posted by i_cola at 3:47 AM on July 24, 2003

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