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dornoforpyros
Apr 8, 2006, 09:54 PM
Well aside from everyones well document hatred of Comic Sans (http://www.bancomicsans.com) I'm wondering what other over used font you see in the every day world that you hate.

For me, it's gotta be Papyrus, I dunno what it is but this turns up on more and more menus & restaurant signs then I care to remember.

http://image3.myfonts.com/waterfall/e2/e20f21c39d94e4e4a831f04e5c01da6d.png



interlaced
Apr 8, 2006, 10:19 PM
That's funny. My parents and I were driving downtown and made a game out of guessing what fonts were used on the signs we'd see. I DO see Papyrus a lot. I think one was called "fontdinerdotcom" (not sure) and it's pretty annoying because a lot of girly boutiques are using it now.

iMeowbot
Apr 8, 2006, 10:25 PM
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/8226/rosedie3af.png (http://imageshack.us)

mikemodena
Apr 8, 2006, 10:30 PM
Everywhere I go I see a font and I mention to my friends hey I have that font (and most of the time I usually know the name) and they just point out that I'm way too into graphic design.

Leareth
Apr 8, 2006, 10:37 PM
Times New Roman ,
I dont really hate the font
I just use it way too much and have no choice in using it...
I dislike Arial Black...too heavy...

Demon Hunter
Apr 8, 2006, 10:42 PM
In my city they recently built a bus station. It's a really nice development because the suburb is affluent. A few restaurants, brand new condominiums. All of it's perfect except they chose Papyrus for all the banners. Ugh!

Also hate Arial, the Microsoft ripoff of Helvetica (which is the lovely, Swiss font that comes with all Macs).

Chip NoVaMac
Apr 8, 2006, 10:53 PM
I am not sure that I hate the Comic Sans font; but I understand where you are coming from maybe. Each decade or period had its fonts that defined that period in history in regards to advertising.

The problem is that much of our advertising today is done by "non-professionals" - and yes, I am one of those - that had an eye for the client they worked for. But perhaps no formal training in graphic arts.

At least I knew not to mix serif and non-serif fonts. And that fonts should be close to each other in a "family" way. I left advertising for the company I work for about a year ago.

When I was "in charge" I tried for a unified "corporate" look. Now each store is up to those that might know how to use PS or Publisher. That leads to people that never saw a font or a font effect that they never disliked. :eek:

Just because you have shadow effects for fonts, it does not mean they should be used. Nor does it mean that since you have 256+ colors to choose from; that each and every color needs to be used in a sign or poster. :)

Sorry for the rant; but it pains me after my hard 3 years work on a corporate communications policy when I did the advertising for my company, that we sometimes have signage that looks like a 2nd grade computer science project.

And don't get me started on the ad layout themes that I created; after much trial and error! Only to to have some under paid grunt at the newspaper churning out some quickie solution.

This is not a sour grapes post, at least as I see it. I should try an post some images of what I did verse what the grunts at the newspaper are doing. My company did a cost-benefit analysis, and I came up being the loser. At least they saw that I had benefits elsewhere in the company.:)

dornoforpyros
Apr 9, 2006, 12:15 AM
Sorry for the rant; but it pains me after my hard 3 years work on a corporate communications policy when I did the advertising for my company, that we sometimes have signage that looks like a 2nd grade computer science project.


haha as an in house graphics person who does 90% of our companies output I feel your pain! Half my problem with papyrus is my co-workers tendency to use it, thank god she doesn't do any graphics for us anymore.

Blue Velvet
Apr 9, 2006, 02:05 AM
Well, since I can't say Arial as someone else has chosen it, it has to be...

Nuptial Script. :mad:

Ish
Apr 9, 2006, 02:22 AM
Any of the ones like Courier that imitate typewriting. ugh! :eek:

Josh
Apr 9, 2006, 02:50 AM
Any of the ones like Courier that imitate typewriting. ugh! :eek:

I agree in most cases, but I love courier in terminals/coding and showing code examples in write-ups.

I'm not much of a font fanatic, so I really can't pick one (other than the main excluded one lol) so I'll cast a null vote :)

obeygiant
Apr 9, 2006, 05:09 AM
monaco
monaco

SpookTheHamster
Apr 9, 2006, 07:40 AM
Not allowed to complain about Comic Sans?

Then I'll just have to choose Impact as my least favourite, closely followed by Copperplate, or anything yellow or lime

Oh yeah, and I hate it when people mix fonts and colours for no reason :rolleyes:

_bnkr612
Apr 9, 2006, 11:00 AM
Well aside from everyones well document hatred of Comic Sans (http://www.bancomicsans.com) I'm wondering what other over used font you see in the every day world that you hate.

For me, it's gotta be Papyrus, I dunno what it is but this turns up on more and more menus & restaurant signs then I care to remember.

http://image3.myfonts.com/waterfall/e2/e20f21c39d94e4e4a831f04e5c01da6d.png

Ditto. My friend from Uni. always used this font in his work. It is sick.

decksnap
Apr 9, 2006, 11:01 AM
This font should never have been created:

kretzy
Apr 9, 2006, 11:09 AM
I pretty much hate anything stencily or outlined. And though it's not on my Mac, I hated Goudy Stout on our old PC.

primalman
Apr 9, 2006, 11:13 AM
Brush Script

damn race car shirts

Dagless
Apr 9, 2006, 11:17 AM
Maybe it's just me but I don't dislike any font, I mean they all have their places. Except Comic sans :D My dad, who has some kind of level 4 business degree and manages the largest printing house in europe writes ALL his document titles in COMIC SANS! I keep crying, begging him to change it but the same answer pops ups "I like it!". grr.

mjstew33
Apr 9, 2006, 11:27 AM
Curlz MT

Apple Hobo
Apr 9, 2006, 11:33 AM
http://bellsouthpwp.net/g/s/gserv2/TempItems/font.jpg

There are plenty of garbage fonts, but Helvetica is what came to mind first. ;)

kretzy
Apr 9, 2006, 11:36 AM
Curlz MT
I forgot about that one! That's definitely on the hate list.

mjstew33
Apr 9, 2006, 11:37 AM
http://bellsouthpwp.net/g/s/gserv2/TempItems/font.jpg

There are plenty of garbage fonts, but Helvetica is what came to mind first. ;)
yeah, there's nothing good about that font, just boring.

Peyton
Apr 9, 2006, 11:42 AM
TIMES NEW ROMAN school shoves it down my throat enough... too traditional, boring, and boring above all.

iMeowbot
Apr 9, 2006, 12:03 PM
TIMES NEW ROMAN school shoves it down my throat enough... too traditional, boring, and boring above all.
I think that Times Roman gets a free ride because at least it has an interesting history (http://groups.google.com/group/comp.fonts/msg/778f715be1eca0b0). Boring fonts do have a legitimate place in the world, when they're not supposed to call attention to themselves.

bexster
Apr 9, 2006, 12:06 PM
curlz... it was one of my colleagues favorite fonts too!!!

Cant think of any others to the list (i've deleted them from my fonts folder!)... but one thing that i hate about fonts is... when i find the perfect font for a project, download it and find it doesn't include a £ or @! That really sucks!

iGav
Apr 9, 2006, 12:55 PM
I can't believe Helvetica is in this list. Unbelievable.

Blue Velvet
Apr 9, 2006, 12:58 PM
I can't believe Helvetica is in this list. Unbelievable.

I thought of you when I saw that someone had included that... ;) :D

After all, it's so boring. :rolleyes:

Jaffa Cake
Apr 9, 2006, 01:06 PM
I can't believe Helvetica is in this list. Unbelievable.I agree – Helvetica is a thing of great beauty. Now, Chicago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_%28typeface%29) on the other hand...

CoMpX
Apr 9, 2006, 01:08 PM
Mistral.

Orlando Furioso
Apr 9, 2006, 02:21 PM
Copperplate, Herculanum, and Papyrus can go jump into an active volcano.

iGav
Apr 9, 2006, 02:24 PM
I thought of you when I saw that someone had included that... ;) :D

Excellent... :D that means I'm finally building a 'reputation' of some kind. heh :p

ATD
Apr 9, 2006, 02:54 PM
I can't believe Helvetica is in this list. Unbelievable.


Helvectica in the wrong hands can be boring, but if a designer knows what they are doing with it, it's one of the very best fonts out there.;)

decksnap
Apr 9, 2006, 02:55 PM
Putting helvetica on this list is like putting 'vegetables' on the list of food you won't eat.

CompUser
Apr 9, 2006, 03:11 PM
Zapfino!!!

Baron58
Apr 9, 2006, 03:16 PM
I hate Peignot. With a passion. So much that it's reason enough for me to not do business with any company that uses it for their logo/advertising/whatever. I want to own/run a design shop just so I can make rule No. 1 that if you ever use Peignot in anything, for any reason, you're immediately canned on the spot. :eek:

weckart
Apr 9, 2006, 03:52 PM
Another vote for that steaming heap littering my iPod - Chicago

Worst. Font. Ever.

DavidFDM
Apr 9, 2006, 04:15 PM
1. Arial - because so many clients really want to use it
2. Gill Sans - because it creates a lot of kerning issues
3. Hobo - it turns my stomach

Blue Velvet
Apr 9, 2006, 04:24 PM
Gill Sans - because it creates a lot of kerning issues

True... some of those caps are oddly tight. The A, W and T particularly.

It used to be one of our corporate fonts and I was always asked to double-space :eek: a sentence beginning with a W by an internal client. So we eventually had to spend some time setting up new kerning tables in Quark to deal with the problem.

3. Hobo - it turns my stomach

Ick. There's a whole bunch of 70's Letraset ones that would have been better left in rub-down format rather than being digitised.

pumbaa
Apr 9, 2006, 04:26 PM
Helvectica in the wrong hands can be boring, but if a designer knows what they are doing with it, it's one of the very best fonts out there.;)


totally agree. usually people forget about letter spacing/kerning, leading, font weights and other typesetting "rules" which can end up ruining a great font like helvetica. my vote is for all the 90's grunge fonts---if you need the relic'd effect, create it yourself and make it halfway decent. eras would also be on my list. i don't like to use capitals...

Dagless
Apr 9, 2006, 04:56 PM
http://bellsouthpwp.net/g/s/gserv2/TempItems/font.jpg

There are plenty of garbage fonts, but Helvetica is what came to mind first. ;)

I read a book about Helvetica once. Well no so much a text book but full of uses of Helvetica; album art, book titles. Pretty much everything. Even screenshots of videos that are just helvetica fonts floating around.

It's a mad world.

thedude110
Apr 9, 2006, 04:56 PM
Not allowed to complain about Comic Sans?

Then I'll just have to choose Impact

But it's so ... industrial!

dornoforpyros
Apr 9, 2006, 05:11 PM
I back up my original argument, seriously I could probably start a website just with pictures of this damn font.

firststrike101
Apr 9, 2006, 05:11 PM
Critter....my boss at work loves this font for some odd ball reason. By the way he likes to think of himself as a designer but he's just an editor or a daily newspaper.

Lunja
Apr 9, 2006, 06:02 PM
My vote goes to Lucida Handwriting. And the wingdings set- can someone explain to me when you would EVER need to communicate through a series of symbols (That's another one!) which are impossible to read? !

Sorry, it's late and I've got a deadline tommorrow:o

Orlando Furioso
Apr 9, 2006, 07:04 PM
I back up my original argument, seriously I could probably start a website just with pictures of this damn font.

When I first read the thread title, my gut response was also Papyrus. Although I don't hate it, the font is way overused. I'll gladly provide pictures of it's (mis)-use in the bay area if set up the site. =)

dmw007
Apr 9, 2006, 08:06 PM
Not sure that I have an official™ "most hated" font, but fonts like the following I see no real purpose for:

Orlando Furioso
Apr 9, 2006, 10:31 PM
Not sure that I have an official™ "most hated" font, but fonts like the following I see no real purpose for:


gasp!

I love using these actually. Decoratively only of course (and only as background imagery). Really HUGE, they become abstract curves of sexy goodness.

Whigga Spitta
Apr 9, 2006, 10:33 PM
i remember back in high school i despised the font 'creepy' or something of the sorts. luckily i can't find it on my powerbook for an adequate example...

kretzy
Apr 9, 2006, 10:50 PM
My vote goes to Lucida Handwriting. And the wingdings set- can someone explain to me when you would EVER need to communicate through a series of symbols (That's another one!) which are impossible to read? !

Sorry, it's late and I've got a deadline tommorrow:o

Back in primary school we used to use wingdings to code messages. :o

After G
Apr 10, 2006, 12:31 AM
Mistral sucks.
Kidprint too.

But the one I really don't like is Brush Script MT.

ATD
Apr 10, 2006, 12:49 AM
I dislike just about all the script fonts I come across, finding a good one is a rare find.

iGav
Apr 10, 2006, 05:43 AM
Helvectica in the wrong hands can be boring

That phenomena's not unique to just Helvetica. ;) :p

dmw007
Apr 10, 2006, 09:00 AM
gasp!

I love using these actually. Decoratively only of course (and only as background imagery). Really HUGE, they become abstract curves of sexy goodness.

Really? Well, whatever floats your boat. I for one get no pleasure from such fonts. ;) :)

dmw007
Apr 10, 2006, 09:09 AM
That phenomena's not unique to just Helvetica. ;) :p

Very true. Any font has the potential to be boring. :)

ATD
Apr 10, 2006, 09:16 AM
That phenomena's not unique to just Helvetica. ;) :p

LOL, so true ;)

e-coli
Apr 10, 2006, 09:36 AM
http://bellsouthpwp.net/g/s/gserv2/TempItems/font.jpg

There are plenty of garbage fonts, but Helvetica is what came to mind first. ;)


Okay. You should really take another look at Helvetica. It's a fantastic typeface when used correctly. Most people don't bother to kern it and only use the default weights and sizes. And almost 50 years after it's original drawing, it still feels modern.

There's even an entire beautifully-designed book dedicated to the uses of Helvetica; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3907044878/sr=8-1/qid=1144679202/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-2330190-4079954?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Personally, I hate brush script, arial is a blight on society, and my all-time most-hated is Addled.

backupdrummer
Apr 10, 2006, 10:04 AM
death to Eurostile. Everytime is see it its like nails on a chalk board

lem0n
Apr 10, 2006, 10:14 AM
I hate Arial, it's such a rip off... Helvetica is modern and easy to read... I'm having to invent a typeface and it's a curly one, unfortunately... >_<

iGav
Apr 10, 2006, 10:16 AM
I hate Arial, it's such a rip off... Helvetica is modern and easy to read...>_<

time to get your own back then (http://www.engagestudio.com/helvetica/) ;) :D

dornoforpyros
Apr 10, 2006, 11:22 AM
death to Eurostile. Everytime is see it its like nails on a chalk board


doh, you won't like my website then...although I did change the hieght on it. :p

simie
Apr 10, 2006, 11:54 AM
At any size and in any colour

supremedesigner
Apr 10, 2006, 11:58 AM
I forgot about that one! That's definitely on the hate list.

I second that! That is the most annoying font I've ever seen! :mad:

Maxiseller
Apr 10, 2006, 12:32 PM
At any size and in any colour

Oh dear god, yes.

You know around here virtually every shop selling wines and spirit has that exact font in bright red against a white background with the company name.

Who on earth would "graphically design" that?!

dornoforpyros
Apr 10, 2006, 12:55 PM
Who on earth would "graphically design" that?!

some one who took a 3 week desktop publishing class at the learning annex :p

Jaffa Cake
Apr 10, 2006, 01:08 PM
some one who took a 3 week desktop publishing class at the learning annex :pCompared to some 'designers' I've encountered, he'd be considered over-qualified. :rolleyes:

Maxiseller
Apr 10, 2006, 02:33 PM
some one who took a 3 week desktop publishing class at the learning annex :p

Too right! You know things are headed downhill when Microsoft Publisher can be seen loading up, and the "wizard" is activated...:rolleyes:

cc bcc
Apr 10, 2006, 02:53 PM
Speaking about Comic Sans, what on earth was Apple thinking when they included Chalkboard ?!

And Apple Chancery is also Teh Ugly™

JasonElise1983
Apr 10, 2006, 04:08 PM
I have a list of my most hated fonts:

Papyrus—just not attractive

Culrz MT—seriously? it is on almost every sign i see here. I work for a magazine and everyone uses it for their logo in their ad.

Arial—Bland

Brush Script—Hiddeous

My favorite fonts right now are:

Helvetica Neue—(anthing between 25 and 45, but especially 27 condenced)

Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk—Love Their Extended Fonts

Futura—Almost worn out on it, but still a good font

GillSans

Goudy Old Style

FootLight MT

Didot

Bodoni

D0ct0rteeth
Apr 10, 2006, 04:27 PM
I have an old client whose brand I use to manage. I used Showcard Gothic for some of their elements.

http://www.mythologieproductions.com/rockbottom/

But over the past year and a half, since I quit working with them they ahve absolutely destroyed what I have built. It now looks like its being managed by a 4 year old and an etch-a-sketch. http://www.rockbottomgolf.com/

(no offense intended towards 4 year olds with etch-a-sketches)
...

http://www.fontbureau.com/images/specimen/splash/showcardgothic.gif

I hate Showcard Gothic.

Maxiseller
Apr 10, 2006, 05:13 PM
But over the past year and a half, since I quit working with them they ahve absolutely destroyed what I have built. It now looks like its being managed by a 4 year old and an etch-a-sketch. http://www.rockbottomgolf.com/



Ugh...the changes are horrible.

Surely they must compare new to old and think "ahh cr*p"?

yellow
Apr 10, 2006, 05:15 PM
Chicago. So ugly.

thedude110
Apr 10, 2006, 05:36 PM
Chicago. So ugly.

You break my heart. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=2302765#post2302765)

sjshaw
Apr 10, 2006, 05:38 PM
Zapf Chancery

me_94501
Apr 10, 2006, 09:49 PM
Times New Roman ,
I dont really hate the font
I just use it way too much and have no choice in using it...
I dislike Arial Black...too heavy...
You took the words right out of my mouth (right off my screen?) regarding Times New Roman.

OutThere
Apr 10, 2006, 10:42 PM
Not sure that I have an official™ "most hated" font, but fonts like the following I see no real purpose for:

Those are relatively useful in the print design world. They come up more than you'd imagine...watch out for them in books/magazines/posters whatever, and you'll notice that decorative shapes show up a lot. They're also used huge a lot and as background type stuff. The reason they make a font of it is so that you can have tons of different shapes on hand at any time, and they're vectorized so you can make them huge.

I personally dislike:

Mike Teezie
Apr 10, 2006, 11:39 PM
Anything close to or resembling Comic sans, such as Chalkboard.

Any "fun" font for that matter.

yellow
Apr 11, 2006, 11:58 AM
You break my heart. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=2302765#post2302765)

It's just so... Mac SE 30 to me.

Brundlefly
Apr 11, 2006, 12:15 PM
http://bellsouthpwp.net/g/s/gserv2/TempItems/font.jpg

There are plenty of garbage fonts, but Helvetica is what came to mind first. ;)

Helvetica is the savior, the semibolds and Neue versions are the bomb!

rick6502
Apr 11, 2006, 01:46 PM
The problem isn't the fonts, it's the designers. At the print shop I work at Helvetica and Times are so overused, I beg people to use anything else. This place has been doing type in USA for over 25 years and it shows. Cooper Black is a big font where I work. Ditto on BrushScript. On the other-hand Papyrus rarely shows it's head. I would love to see someone breakout with some Myriad. Meanwhile, our customers bring us documents all the time in ComicSans, so we can hate it here too.

Brundlefly
Apr 11, 2006, 01:54 PM
http://www.megamojo.com/fonts

I am such a nerd.

sjshaw
Apr 11, 2006, 02:01 PM
The problem isn't the fonts, it's the designers.

Agreed.

Brundlefly
Apr 11, 2006, 02:18 PM
:( Agreed.

sjshaw
Apr 11, 2006, 02:19 PM
:(

Not ALL designers! I used to be one. Just the designers without enough creativity or taste to use fonts appropriate for the intended design.

sjshaw
Apr 11, 2006, 02:20 PM
And I loved your chart above. Thanks for that.

Lord Blackadder
Apr 11, 2006, 02:41 PM
I have no formal training with graphic design, but papyurs is used in everything around where I work, to the point that the "style" has become pure monotony. And it looks kinda lame to begin with.

I actually like Helvetica and Chicago.

Anything with an outline looks awful to me though.

Brundlefly
Apr 11, 2006, 03:11 PM
I have no formal training with graphic design, but papyurs is used in everything around where I work, to the point that the "style" has become pure monotony. And it looks kinda lame to begin with.

I actually like Helvetica and Chicago.

Anything with an outline looks awful to me though.

I have 5 years training in design and 2 years fine art, and 15 years in the industry, and I still get clients that want tacky fonts and weirdness.

my favorite client quote is "My son tells me there is a rainbow filter effect in photoshop, we want that."

dornoforpyros
Apr 11, 2006, 03:24 PM
my favorite client quote is "My son tells me there is a rainbow filter effect in photoshop, we want that."


Haha. I think my personal fav was when the company I was working for was hired to do all the marketing, brochures, website, e-mail, newspaper etc, for this condo development and we were told that the clients daughter was to take part in the design. "Oh ok, does she have any experience with graphic or web design?"...I'll let you guess the response.

cubist
Apr 11, 2006, 03:38 PM
This is more of a Windows beef than a Mac one, but I dislike Times New Roman, and there seems to be no way to get rid of it. I've even tried deleting the TTF file. MS Word seems to default to it everywhere and there's no way to change that.

Helvetica's pretty nice, but a little narrow. Century Gothic is my current favorite. For monospace fonts my all-time favorite is one called OCR-B, but nobody seems to have ever heard of it!

edit: I like the look of that Frutiger.

Whigga Spitta
Apr 11, 2006, 04:18 PM
http://www.megamojo.com/fonts

I am such a nerd.

I like that list...i've been big on DIN 1451 lately, nice.

dpaanlka
Apr 11, 2006, 05:40 PM
The second anybody submits any design project that uses this font in any way I automatically tell them I hate it.

pumbaa
Apr 11, 2006, 06:42 PM
The second anybody submits any design project that uses this font in any way I automatically tell them I hate it.

As in previous replies, it's all what the design/message calls for.
Right now, I'm using Bauhaus for some ESPN/NBA ads I'm working on---go figure...:confused:

etoiles
Apr 11, 2006, 08:15 PM
I like that list...i've been big on DIN 1451 lately, nice.

I am wearing my 'Kaliforniarepublik' t-shirt with nerd-pride :)

Lord Blackadder
Apr 11, 2006, 08:20 PM
Right now, I'm using Bauhaus for some ESPN/NBA ads I'm working on---go figure...:confused:

So YOU'RE the one!!!!!:mad:








.....:p Kidding!

dornoforpyros
Apr 12, 2006, 12:10 AM
Mistral sucks.
Kidprint too.

But the one I really don't like is Brush Script MT.


I don't mind Brush Script MT provided your trying to make a retro-50's-ish kinda look. I wouldn't try to use it to look fancy or sophisticated which is what I suspect some people would do.

aa...
Apr 12, 2006, 05:52 AM
Another vote for DIN 1451 here.

rick6502
Apr 12, 2006, 06:12 AM
Not ALL designers! I used to be one. Just the designers without enough creativity or taste to use fonts appropriate for the intended design.
There are two points to consider:
1. Anyone with a computer is under the impression they are a "designer." They don't understand that buying a knife does not make you a surgeon.
2. Many Print Shops don't want designers. They want someone who can typeset 15 business cards, 10 envelopes, 5 letterheads, 3 auction bills, and some light layout in one afternoon. In other words, a typesetter. They don't always get that, but that's what they want.
With these two situations you get people who either overuse fonts because it's the first one on the font menu, it's what is the default, it's what's on the template, it's what "we've always used.", or "I just like that font."
I have dealt with many designers over the last 10 years, and I do appreciate the skills a fine designer can bring to the table. I should also say that design does not equal printability. Too many designs look beautiful, but are economically unsound, unworkable, or just not created properly.

sunfast
Apr 12, 2006, 07:27 AM
TIMES NEW ROMAN

e-coli
Apr 12, 2006, 11:06 AM
Does anybody have Din Thin?

Not that I'm asking for it to be sent to me...officially. But if it were to be offered....

ejb190
Apr 12, 2006, 05:33 PM
Any script font I have trouble reading....

evil_santa
Apr 12, 2006, 05:44 PM
http://image1.myfonts.com/waterfall/ee/eea870be9aa8debe04e47c37fcec5840.png

i got to use this one day on a job, it dreadful

After G
Apr 12, 2006, 09:13 PM
Anyone know a font where they use stick figures or outlines of people to make the letters? I think that'd be pretty spiffy.

Ferrence
Apr 24, 2006, 05:03 PM
"Giddy Up"

HATE IT!

Mord
Apr 24, 2006, 05:12 PM
I like Arial

Lau
Apr 24, 2006, 05:17 PM
Oooooh, there's so many good (i.e. bad) ones that have been listed. I will add 45757 as it is evil and wrong. :D

daxx
May 1, 2006, 06:53 PM
Well aside from everyones well document hatred of Comic Sans (http://www.bancomicsans.com) I'm wondering what other over used font you see in the every day world that you hate.

For me, it's gotta be Papyrus, I dunno what it is but this turns up on more and more menus & restaurant signs then I care to remember.

http://image3.myfonts.com/waterfall/e2/e20f21c39d94e4e4a831f04e5c01da6d.png

Impact. Most overused. Most ugly and the postscript version doesnt match the truetype version... THANK YOU Microsoft! These two versions you're seeing are SUPPOSED to be the same size!

Arial, Helvetica, Univers, Times, Palatino, art directors who think Geneva is a real font, inappropriately used comic book fonts... unless you're doing a "Eat at Joe's" sign, you're using the wrong font!, brush script, bad handwriting fonts, people who dont know what kerning is and anyone who use a script font in caps!!

kibit
May 4, 2006, 09:02 PM
avant garde scares the hell outta me and
brush script (especially when used in ALL CAPS) is just horrid!

iShane
May 4, 2006, 09:19 PM
SAND. In my opinion its a cheap form of Skia. :o

JFreak
May 5, 2006, 03:25 AM
Zapfino!!!

Zapfino is great! Please don't hate it.

dextertangocci
Jul 13, 2006, 08:13 AM
http://bellsouthpwp.net/g/s/gserv2/TempItems/font.jpg

There are plenty of garbage fonts, but Helvetica is what came to mind first. ;)

I like Helvetica! It is so nice and simple:)

Mord
Jul 13, 2006, 08:15 AM
i really like apple li gothic.

dextertangocci
Jul 13, 2006, 08:33 AM
What font do they use on MR? I like it.

Sirus The Virus
Jul 13, 2006, 12:34 PM
I HATE Papyrus with a passion.

dornoforpyros
Jul 13, 2006, 12:55 PM
I HATE Papyrus with a passion.

ditto, thus why I created this thread

bowens
Jul 13, 2006, 01:08 PM
Gigi and Jokerman

Shadow
Jul 13, 2006, 05:32 PM
Anything that is "frilly". And Comic Sans MS (which my school over uses-to my utter dismay they use it on absolutley everything. Heck, I've seen it in exams. Exams!).

I adore anything which is simple or modern.

EDIT: I also hate Papyrus with a vengance, along with Snap ICT. Oh, and any varient of Rockwell. And what is the point of dingbats!?

dextertangocci
Jul 15, 2006, 01:22 PM
And what is the point of dingbats!?

I don't know, ask MS:rolleyes: lol.

Same thing with wingdings:rolleyes:

TheAnswer
Jul 16, 2006, 12:37 AM
I can't stand Thesis. I can't stand it for one reason: The decender on the upper case Q. It's like they just stuck a tilde down there under an O, and it's so detached it really effects readability.

JosiahPB
Jul 16, 2006, 11:00 AM
I hate Times New Roman. The standard College Paper font.

TEG
Jul 17, 2006, 11:50 AM
What about FHWA Series A,B,C,D,E,E(M),F. Road sign fonts are bad. However the new Cleartype font is awesome.

TEG

conditionals
Jul 17, 2006, 12:29 PM
Well, pretty much every terrible font in the world has been covered here.

So I'd just like to say: Georgia for ever!

Kong
Aug 10, 2006, 01:15 AM
http://image3.myfonts.com/textimage/94/9448648dc369ca6166273f2174c4bfce.png

It's not part of the default Mac set (thank God), but I think it comes standard on most PCs. When somebody wants an olde-timey font, they go down the list alphabetically and the first thing they see (and settle on) is Algerian.

It's a beautiful font, but once I almost used it for a logo and then realized it's EVERYWHERE. Now it's kind of my curse in life - noticing that tell-tale capital "A" on business signs, menus - anything trying hard to invoke the look of a class establisment.

jacg
Aug 10, 2006, 03:46 AM
I can't stand the typeface used in stickies and (according to WWDC 2006) Leopard's forthcoming 'Notes' feature. Marker felt I think. I hope (and assume) I can customise the look of Notes.

Lau
Aug 10, 2006, 08:06 AM
http://image3.myfonts.com/textimage/94/9448648dc369ca6166273f2174c4bfce.png

My old school used that on everything, and so brings me out in a cold sweat every time I see it. :p

maxrobertson
Aug 10, 2006, 09:37 AM
Times New Roman! Every PC user uses it because they don't know how to change the font in MS Office (okay, not every one, but tons of them).

baleensavage
Aug 10, 2006, 10:39 AM
What fonts do I hate...where do I begin...

Snowcap has to be one of the worst fonts ever. And the scary part, I think I actually used it once, ouch.
http://www.jdmsphoto.com/ftp/snowcap.png

And then there are the obligatory, illegible fonts like Jokerman which are used in every coffee shop. I actually had someone submit an ad to our paper entirely in this font! OUCH!
http://www.jdmsphoto.com/ftp/jokerman.png

And my current pet peeve is definitely Papyrus. In the last couple of years that font has become all the rage and is on everything for everyone. It has become the new Brush Script.
http://www.jdmsphoto.com/ftp/papyrus.png

Of course the list could go on and on, but these are three that come to mind.

macattack5
Aug 10, 2006, 11:48 PM
seriously, why dont we name the whole fricken preinstalled fonts. is there really any good fonts left after you guys pretty much listed everyone i know??? god..

iMeowbot
Aug 11, 2006, 12:11 AM
seriously, why dont we name the whole fricken preinstalled fonts.
A lot of this thread is just things people are tired of seeing. Of course, there are very good reasons to use the same typefaces over and over for things like word processing or the Web: choose something outside the standard set and it won't look right on other people's computers. A standard set is a Good Thing and very useful.
is there really any good fonts left after you guys pretty much listed everyone i know??? god..
I suppose you are still allowed to use Verdana. No one mentioned it yet, so I guess it's still acceptable even though it has a pretty high big'n'ugly factor.

Eastend
Aug 11, 2006, 12:15 AM
Wingdings

dornoforpyros
Aug 11, 2006, 10:20 AM
seriously, why dont we name the whole fricken preinstalled fonts. is there really any good fonts left after you guys pretty much listed everyone i know??? god..

God forbid a designer go and find a new font! We can't have anything getting original now can we! :p

RoganJosh
Aug 13, 2006, 03:56 AM
Nice thread, it's good to see someone mention Zapf Chancery - one of my pet hates - normally used with caps lock on - shudder!
I don't Avant Garde hasn't been mentioned yet.

vectormasked
Sep 4, 2006, 02:07 PM
I completely hate everything that comes preinstalled with the windows pcs and the macs.

Arial, Impact, eurostile....or any other free font.

The good stuff is ar fontshop.de and veer!!!

As to Helvetica being a boring and bad font.....it is kinda true. Helvetica Neue on the other hand is a beautiful typeface that can truly look great in the hands of a trained professional.

displaced
Sep 4, 2006, 02:10 PM
I completely hate everything that comes preinstalled with the windows pcs and the macs.

Arial, Impact, eurostile....or any other free font.

The good stuff is ar fontshop.de and veer!!!

As to Helvetica being a boring and bad font.....it is kinda true. Helvetica Neue on the other hand is a beautiful typeface that can truly look great in the hands of a trained professional.

The narrow Arial variant is pretty horrible (well, Arial in general is horrible, but you get the point).

I love Helvetica *ducks, runs*. It's just clean.

shecky
Sep 4, 2006, 02:22 PM
any typeface can look bad if used improperly. any typeface can look good when used properly, EVEN comic sans (tho there may be a heck of a lot less times comic sans should be used compared to a classic like Akzidenz Grotesk or Futura, but you get the point)

personally, i stay away from all the Emigré faces - i just find them to be way to goofy and contrived to use for anything but the very occasional large size and small character count uses like titles and such.

my favorites are Sabon and Interstate, specifically a combination of Interstate small caps with Sabon body text.

kotbehemot
Sep 4, 2006, 02:49 PM
The worst, and the most overused font is bank gothic
http://www.linotype.com/59331/bankgothicdhlight-font.html?PHPSESSID=59938295a441047fb0f4162310e36741&gclid=CNfQ1b3glIcCFRFOHgod7xxUwg

it was sold together with corel and everybody, who had coreldraw, uses this font. It is so ugly:(

faustfire
Sep 4, 2006, 03:49 PM
Helvetica Neue on the other hand is a beautiful typeface that can truly look great in the hands of a trained professional.

I quite agree!

ezekielrage_99
Sep 5, 2006, 06:32 AM
The Matrix Font (please no more student films with that font)

Papyrus, every wannabe designer uses it, I HATE IT it's worse than a virus.

classicmac1988
Sep 5, 2006, 04:17 PM
OK here is a good one with a good story. The font I have hated forever is Hobo...look it up...its another one that is everywhere and is aweful. Here is the story: as a kid in school, all the teachers used this thing that cut letters out of paper to put on their bulletin boards and the only font they had was...you guessed it - Hobo. So these teachers would spell things out and ALWAYS make the A backwards or the O or E upsidedown and it drove me crazy. I was a geek back then and noticed that stuff, but I have hated it ever since.

twistedlegato
Sep 5, 2006, 07:03 PM
I hate ketchup, or is it cachupe,what ever. I used to like Harrington, but im not to fond of it now

ZoomZoomZoom
Sep 5, 2006, 07:12 PM
Verdana looks ugly at larger sizes, but it's my favorite font when it's small.

Flynnstone
Sep 5, 2006, 08:51 PM
I kinda like Comic !

dornoforpyros
Sep 6, 2006, 11:13 AM
I kinda like Comic !


your gross :p

TBi
Sep 6, 2006, 11:17 AM
your gross :p

I like comic too, i use it for messenger!

Belly-laughs
Sep 6, 2006, 12:02 PM
Mistral.

I concur.

iMeowbot
Sep 6, 2006, 12:16 PM
I like comic too, i use it for messenger!
There is a doggie daycare place nearby that uses it on the front sign. For that, it seems appropriate.

Mr. Anderson
Sep 6, 2006, 12:36 PM
I don't really hate fonts, its how're they're misused that creates the problem. Even in the Death To Comic Sans website they show one example of proper or allowable use.

Sort of like "Fonts aren't bad, people using them incorrectly can be misguided..."

D

bradgdesign
Sep 6, 2006, 03:46 PM
Curlz is the the worst font made to date.

oniondesigner
Sep 6, 2006, 05:59 PM
Got to be Papyrus...The SINGLE MOST OVERUSED FONT ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. I HATE HATE HATE IT!

zephead
Sep 6, 2006, 06:41 PM
Times New Roman... ugh it's just so.. blah. :(

QuarterSwede
Sep 6, 2006, 06:43 PM
Anything that is naturally italicized. My wife used to use one on IM when we were dating ... ugh I hated it.

robPOD
Sep 6, 2006, 07:25 PM
die fixedsys !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!