Now I cannot stress enough with how many bad typography there are out there, but I can show you fonts that you should definitely avoid at all cost due to them being way too overused... or just plain ugly. You be the judge.
We live in a world where we see typography everywhere. In fact, you should be able to see typography from wherever you are. It is something that we see on a daily basis, either it's a signage of your local dairy or the magazine you are reading. Type is powerful... when used properly of course.
Font Crime #7 - Hobo Std
Font Crime #6 - Brush Script MT
"Brush Script" was rated #5 in "The 8 Worst Fonts In The World" list in Simon Garfield's 2010 book (Sourced from Wikipedia). Can you blame him? This is everyone's go to font for brochures, posters etc.... *cringe*.
Font Crime #5 - Times New Roman
Font Crime #4 - Jokerman
Jokerman". Designed by British designer Andrew Smith in 1995 as a... joke? We're not quite sure to be honest, but we do know that this is one tacky font that you should definitely avoid using. We stumbled across Steve Lovelace's article on "Famous Logos in Jokerman Font" which we think you should definitely check out.
Font Crime #3 - Bleeding Cowboys
Font Crime #1 - Comic Sans MS
You probably guessed that the number one font crime would be none other than "Comic Sans MS". Designed in 1994 by Vincent Connare and released by Microsoft Corporation. This font quickly became popular because it looks "friendly" and "kid-like". It spiraled from there and people started to use it for all the wrong reasons like signages, important documents and God forbids... their resumes. There is even a whole website based on Comic Sans Criminal... for those who needs help. Need we say more?
Well, this article was particularly painful to write but we hope that you have learnt a thing or seven things on fonts to avoid next time you decide to design anything. Otherwise, leave it to the professionals :)
Here's a little something I took from a Lotto shop in Christchurch, New Zealand. Breaking all the font crimes in one go. Enjoy!
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