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ASK DN: What are your most hated typefaces?

6 years ago from , Creative Technology Lead at TMW

I'm sure you all have at least one (probably even a few) but which typefaces do you cringe at whenever they're used, no matter what the use-case?

Mine has to be Lobster. I don't know why I hate it so much but I do. It is totally irrational and subjective but I hold it in the same low-regard as Comic Sans...

What are yours?

62 comments

  • Nice ShoesNice Shoes, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Life's too short to hate.

    43 points
    • Hans van de BruggenHans van de Bruggen, 6 years ago

      I'm guessing you have a "healthy respect" for Comic Sans.

      2 points
      • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, 6 years ago

        I do.

        It was a script typeface Vincent Connare designed for use in comics. In that purpose it was well designed.

        The problem is how people use it in places that they shouldn't.

        17 points
      • Nick NobleNick Noble, 6 years ago

        There are places where nothing else would be better

        0 points
      • Nice ShoesNice Shoes, 6 years ago

        I just believe there's no such thing as a bad typeface. There's appropiate and in appropiate. A good designer can make any typeface work in the appropiate situation.

        2 points
        • Amelie LamontAmelie Lamont, 6 years ago

          I agree with the idea that a good designer knows how to use any typeface, but I'd also posit that a typeface is a carefully crafted design tool in and of itself.

          If a typeface is poorly designed by an unskilled type designer, it'd be difficult for a designer to use it “appropriately.” It's akin to drawing with a pen that has run out of ink. You can keep drawing, even though nothing is happening. Or you can switch to a different tool.

          Scriptina is one that comes to mind.

          3 points
          • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, 6 years ago

            Agreed!

            There are bad typefaces. What if the line height was all over the place? What if the weights varied from letter to letter?

            I like the way you framed it though, it bad because it makes it very difficult to use appropriately.

            1 point
  • Chase ThompsonChase Thompson, 6 years ago

    I can't stand museo.

    15 points
  • Anthony DinesAnthony Dines, 6 years ago

    Due to the number of sites that I see using it these days I might be in the minority on this one, but I have zero love for Proxima Nova.

    13 points
    • Eric HuEric Hu, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

      I'm so glad you said that. Proxima Nova is a piece of trash. Look at that stupid lowercase 'a' especially. It looks like it had too many strawberitas in the mission district and woke up hungover.

      Also maybe this is petty but the name itself is so corny to me, I'm not trying to use a typeface that sounds like a a star sector from a badly written piece of Star Trek fan-fiction.

      4 points
      • Simon O’SheaSimon O’Shea, 6 years ago

        Oh, come on! No one in the mission drinks strawberitas… or maybe they do now. SF, you‘ve changed!

        1 point
  • Brian DelaneyBrian Delaney, 6 years ago

    Agreed, Lobster. Bleh.

    10 points
  • Joe VillanuevaJoe Villanueva, 6 years ago

    Papyrus.

    7 points
  • Ricardo HenriquezRicardo Henriquez, 6 years ago

    I has to be Harabara

    6 points
  • Mat RansonMat Ranson, 6 years ago

    More often than not, typefaces get a bad rep because people with poor typography skills abuse them, or worse, design them. This includes the most basic tasks like selecting the right font for a job, pairing it up with something complementary, etc. Typography is the basis of most graphic design and yet here we are hating typefaces like they're a spanner in the works.

    It should be mandatory for every designer to attempt to create a useable typeface at least once. It is a humbling experience.

    5 points
    • Amelie LamontAmelie Lamont, 6 years ago

      Thank you!! Creating typefaces is no easy job and it's disheartening when designers just bash a typeface without constructive feedback.

      A lot of blood, sweat and tears go into making a typeface. Skilled typeface designers are unsung heroes.

      1 point
  • Samuel AlonsoSamuel Alonso, 6 years ago

    For me, Helvetica. Because it is a cliché of good designers and the lazy option.

    5 points
  • Joshua SöhnJoshua Söhn, 6 years ago

    What an incredible dumb and immature post. You don't just "hate" the work of a font-designer. You can say, that you don't like a font and then give some background why. But just saying "I hate that font, but I don't know why" is not showing your best side as a designer.

    4 points
  • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Gill Sans. It's pointy. It feels like cacti pricking my eyes. It seems that it's trying to sell me nail polish when the text is about cars.

    4 points
  • Taulant SulkoTaulant Sulko, 6 years ago

    The list would not fit in the comment section. Basically 98% of Google Fonts is unusable.

    3 points
  • Moeed MohammadMoeed Mohammad, 6 years ago

    Museo was the first one that came to mind.

    3 points
  • Eric YanEric Yan, 6 years ago

    Helvetica.

    2 points
  • Oz LozanoOz Lozano, 6 years ago

    Bleeding Cowboy. shudder

    2 points
  • Wil NicholsWil Nichols, 6 years ago

    Lobster's become far too ubiquitous. Far too meta to see it on Whole Foods' butter boxes.

    2 points
  • Ilya MalyanovIlya Malyanov, 6 years ago

    I have no heart for Bank Gothic.

    2 points
    • frank kolodziejfrank kolodziej, 6 years ago

      Bank Gothic gets my vote, too. It’s all caps, but the “lowercase” caps are too thin compared to the “uppercase” caps. But that doesn’t stop folks from using it mixed case. It’s primarily used for sci-fi these days. If you want to use Bank Gothic, use Eurostile instead.

      0 points
  • Vincent Le MoignVincent Le Moign, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    There is no bad typeface. just bad ways of using it. Even a ugly typeface can fit on a specific project. I won't even rant at "Comic Sans", I've used it here! http://mynameismatthieu.com/WOW/

    2 points
  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, 6 years ago

    Rotis, be it serif, semi sans or sans.

    2 points
  • Steve McKinneySteve McKinney, 6 years ago

    I don't like avant garde or museo (sans, slab, all). Museo isn't a very constructive dislike I just don't like it. Avant garde is different it's never used well and I think it's generally a poor choice unless used at large sizes. Even at large sizes it doesn't look very good it always feels too sharp and poorly hinted (probably the wrong way to summarise it)

    1 point
  • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, 6 years ago

    I hate Verdana, I just do.

    1 point
  • Ammaar ReshiAmmaar Reshi, 6 years ago

    Don't really hate any besides Comic Sans... but I am growing tired of Lato. Pretty overused these days.

    1 point
  • Geof CrowlGeof Crowl, 6 years ago

    Gill Sans. Mostly from the baggage brought onto it from the creator…

    0 points
  • Evan BrandEvan Brand, 6 years ago

    Mine has to be Pacifico... I hate seeing designers use this font!

    0 points
  • Nicole DominguezNicole Dominguez, 6 years ago

    I can't stand Lato in interfaces

    0 points
  • Nic BellNic Bell, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Trebuchet does my head in, not even sure why.

    0 points
  • Geoff YuenGeoff Yuen, 6 years ago

    Zapf Chancery.

    0 points
  • Wil NicholsWil Nichols, 6 years ago

    Long live Univers

    0 points
  • Kyle BavenderKyle Bavender, 6 years ago

    I don't hate Comic Sans.

    I hate its frequent misuse. For example, Gas City, IN uses it on its water tower.

    Same applies for Papyrus. And newly misused and overused faces like Lobster, Museo, Proxima Nova, Gotham.

    0 points
  • Jacob ThompsonJacob Thompson, 6 years ago

    everything that isn't lapture, adelle or franklin x

    0 points
  • Rick KhannaRick Khanna, 6 years ago

    Trebuchet MS. I was required to use this for a web design once and it is difficult to make that atrocity look good.

    0 points
  • Mustafa Cetin, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Hobo of course!

    0 points
    • Matt CannellMatt Cannell, 6 years ago

      Of course! Hobo makes me ill whenever I see it.

      Even the type foundry didn't want anything to do with it. They passed it around the office for 16 years before finally bothering to release it.

      1 point
  • David ÖhlinDavid Öhlin, 6 years ago

    I really don't like Gotham and Montserrat.

    0 points
  • Tom DurkinTom Durkin, 6 years ago

    Open Sans Condensed...light. Its almost impossible to read. I do however have quite a lot of time for the other parts of the Open Sans library despite its overuse.

    0 points
  • Greg BowenGreg Bowen, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Tekton, Apple Chancery, Arial, Verdana

    0 points
  • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, 6 years ago

    I personally don't like Bodoni/Didot. These thin horizontal sans irritates me somehow.

    0 points
  • Patrick LoonstraPatrick Loonstra, 6 years ago

    Brushscript, ieuw! I hate the way the T and the F are.

    0 points
  • Vivian HuiVivian Hui, 6 years ago

    Hobo.

    0 points
  • Adil MajidAdil Majid, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Bebas and Bebas Neue have been my latest least-favorites. Way too overused.

    Also, we all hate Comic Sans, but I really hate it when I see Comic Sans used by reputable groups. I visited Niagara Falls in August and far too many of the park info boards used Comic Sans and WordArt.

    0 points
    • xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxx, 6 years ago

      WordArt I can be against, but tell me why you're so against Comic Sans? That is, if you're not just riding the hate bandwagon.

      0 points
      • Adil MajidAdil Majid, 6 years ago

        I don't necessarily think Comic Sans is a victim of a hate bandwagon. I do think the hatred is sometimes targeting the wrong thing -- the issue usually isn't so much the typeface itself, but rather is where it is used. (Specifically I'm referring to state parks/exhibits, restaurant menus, educational resources (even in education, I'd say it's fine to use it if you're teaching younger students, but not in high school or college)).

        But if you are working with kids, cartooning, or something in that ballpark, then Comic Sans could be fine. I still think its ugly, but I don't work in those fields and I'm certainly not an expert with typefaces.

        3 points