Archive for March, 2009

More font madness :: are these the 7 worst fonts?

March 24, 2009

On LMNOP’s blog, there is a post that is near and dear to my heart. It’s called America’s Most Fonted: The 7 Worst Fonts. Check out the link for their top 7 picks. I have to point out tho, that they missed my top pick: Zapf Chancery!

And after my post about the disaster that is Zapf Chancery, all kind of other disastrous fonts came to mind, like Tekton, Dom Casual, and Papyrus. (Unless you are an architect, and you are working in AutoCAD, and you are adding text to your blueprints, you should never, ever, ever use Tekton.)

And then when I wondered if this was perhaps too harsh, I found this post as well, Are We Being too Mean to Bad Fonts? Perhaps we are. The truth is we love type! Maybe too much. It’s not malicious. It’s just the experienced, critical eye of a designer slash typophile tirelessly searching for meaningful design.

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Designer nightmares :: Zapf Chancery

March 11, 2009
Zapf Chancery Italic — not a "fancy" font.

Zapf Chancery Italic — not a "fancy" font.

Simply put, Zapf Chancery is the font that never should have been born.

No offense to Hermann Zapf, the font’s designer. (To his credit, he also designed Palatino and Optima.) Zapf Chancery looks a lot like the calligraphy I was teaching myself when I was 12. Only uglier. But Zapf Chancery’s real crime isn’t its existence, it’s HOW and HOW OFTEN it’s used.

Unfortunately, Zapf Chancery comes standard as a system font on every computer I’ve ever seen. So that means it falls into the hands of, well, everyone. And lets face it, not everyone is qualified to use fonts beyond Arial and Times.

Because it’s standard on every computer, it’s not just individuals who have the potential to create something awful with Zapf Chancery, it’s sign shops, copy shops, art school students, and on-line quicky design services. And they are creating! From beauty shop signs and address stampers, to invitations and (blech!) business cards, Zapf Chancery seems to be everywhere!

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