Posts Tagged ‘bad fonts’

How to :: NOT use a font

April 7, 2009

Email blast design is just like every other technology — dangerous in the hands of those who don’t know how to use it. Here on Long Island there’s a wonderful organization called the LIA. However, the email blasts they send are less than wonderful. In fact, they’re simply awful.

We can forgive the cheesy headline, the many fonts used throughout, even the squished photo. What we can not excuse is the use of an all caps, italic, calligraphic font!

Why oh why? How does anyone think all caps, calligraphic font use looks good?

Why oh why? How does anyone think all caps, calligraphic font use looks good?

If you read our blog, you already know my position on Zapf Chancery. Well Monotype Corsiva is similarly abused. It’s just less accessible to everyday computer users. But the same rule applies: Just. Don’t. Use. It. However, if your font choices are limited, and you simply MUST use a “fancy” font, and the only font that will do is Monotype Corsiva, please, please, please, (for the sake of all our senses), don’t use it in all caps, or even with initial caps. It just wasn’t designed to work that way and it’s painful to look at.

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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.