Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Truculent typefaces


A very smart lady in Calgary just pointed out this equally smart poster designed by Lure Design waaaay down in Florida. Luckily, they ship to Canada, so you too can order your own copy to give to the appropriate repeat offender.

Acrimonious (and perhaps overzealous) campaigns against certain cringe-inducing typefaces have been ongoing for some time now, but for those desktop publishing enthusiasts who refuse to abandon such irresponsible design practices for their community newsletters and motivational PowerPoint presentations:

Check out Ban Comic Sans, and also this much more recent Wall Street Journal article on the backlash against this bubbly cartoon type.

Mark Simonson's tirade against Helvetica's backwater cousin Arial is here, and Michael Beirut's great essay, I Hate ITC Garamond is a great read. I've always enjoyed Beirut's contributions to Design Observer, if only for remarks such as:

The most distinctive element of the typeface is its enormous lower-case x-height. In theory this improves its legibilty, but only in the same way that dog poop's creamy consistency in theory should make it more edible.


For all the fontophiles out there, Jonathan Safran Foer's short story, About the Typefaces Not Used in This Edition, venerates the possibilities of type instead of suppressing them. Thanks to Nicole Burisch for pointing out the poster offer, and to another smart girl named Sarah Nasby for the short story link.

Image: Lure Design

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