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    Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    I'm guilty of using a few of these, and I agree with the number one pick - I hate comic sans!

    http://lmnop.blogs.com/lauren/2006/1...as_most_f.html


    Ugly fonts, cutesy fonts, unreadable fonts, bad fonts . . . they have terrorized us for far too long, infiltrating our homes via e-mail, IM, and low-rent ValPak ads. Here, LMNOP presents the seven worst fonts--and the people who use them.
    1. Comic Sans MS
    This is indeed the AOL of fonts; the very accessibility that made it popular and novel in the 1990s became its downfall. These days, just like an e-mail from an "@ aol.com" address has a distinct lack of credibility, an e-mail written in this font makes the sender seem ridiculous and out of touch.
    Common abusers: Clueless execs who think it makes their e-mail signature seem fun (because nothing bridges the six-figure salary gap between boss and worker bee like a good typeface); kids who identify with its kiddie-ness and thus apply it to their IMs, e-mails, and even school papers; homemade advertisements for DAYCARE PROVIDER'S or PARTY PLANNER'S (Comic Sans people tend to be apostrophe abusers as well)
    Probable famous user: Elizabeth Hasselbeck

    2. Bradley Hand ITC
    Who is Bradley, and why hath his hand wrought such abuse? This is one of many script fonts that are supposed to approximate a cursive-y, handwritten look and have lost their charm after years of abuse at the hands of adolescent females.
    Common abusers: Sorority girls. Sorry to any sensible sisters out there who know how to use fonts properly, but you have to admit that Bradley Hand ITC makes its way into far too many college girls' IM profiles, and a good chunk of them are of the Greek persuasion. In fact, if I had a dollar for every time I have seen a Dave Matthews/John Mayer lyric wistfully inserted into a profile (just below the "Alpha Delta Whatever, love my big," etc., and above the cut-and-pasted Windings heart/flower offset in pink), I would have me some serious dollars.
    Probable famous user: Lauren Conrad from the O.C.
    See also: Lucida Handwriting

    3. Curlz MT
    Curlz MT picks up where Comic Sans left off in terms of forced casualness and raises you a big sack of illegibility. Even before this font was so totally overused, it was really only good in small doses. Anyone who uses this font today for e-mail or IM is just totally nuts, because you are basically saying that the actual content and readability of your e-mail is secondary to the real message you want to get across, i.e., "LOOK AT ME! AREN'T I WHIMSICAL? DON'T YOU LOVE HOW EVEN A BORING E-MAIL ABOUT CARPOOLING TO SOCCER PRACTICE CAN BE MADE FUN AND FANCIFUL WHEN YOU PUT CURLY SERIFS ON THE WORDS?" Curlz MT is not a font; it's a cry for help.
    Common abusers: Middle-aged ex-cheerleaders trying to hold on to the magic of the good old days; women who have woken up at the age of 40 and realized they never did the fun things they wanted to do
    Probable famous user: Britney Spears
    See also: Gigi

    4. Papyrus
    Papyrus is all over the place; I've seen it in the IM profiles of many kinds of people, usually guys. I think the goal with Papyrus is to look kind of scholarly, but let's be honest: you're not using AIM to network with other Nobel winners.
    Common abusers: College-aged guys who want a font that's not boring but also not, you know, all gay and cursive and ****.
    Probable famous user: Brad Pitt
    5. Vivaldi
    !-- D(["mb","
    Why\ndo people get so carried away with fonts that mimic real handwriting? \nIt drives me insane when people use really heavy script fonts to add a\n"personal touch" to their e-mail signatures--like, "Look! It\'s like I\nreally signed it! Even though it\'s on a computer!" Hey, wow. You\'re\npretty clever.
    Common abusers: Old people; people who think they are classy.
    Probable famous user: Martha Stewart
    \nSee also: French Script MT
    \n
    \n6. Kristen ITC
    \nITC\u003d"I Teach Children"
    \nThis is another "fun" font like Comic Sans or Curlz, but it of course\nhas its own unique twist on things. Kristen ITC fans are usually\nelementary school teachers, childcare professionals, and other people\nwith kid-centric jobs. These people love to employ quotes like, "We\ndon\'t stop playing because we grow old--we grow old because we stop\nplaying," and they really like\nto use a font that serves as a constant reminder that THEY HAVE NOT\nSTOPPED PLAYING, DAMMIT! DON\'T YOU SEE HOW PLAYFUL THESE LETTERS\nLOOK? YOU ARE TALKING TO SOMEONE WHO IS YOUNG INSIDE!
    \nCommon abusers: The same people who buy adult-sized jean jumpers
    \nProbable famous user: Jessica Simpson
    \n
    \n7. Viner Hand ITC
    \nEqual Parts Calligraphy and Angst
    \nDon\'t ask me why, but Viner Hand seems to have become the go-to font\nfor angsty pre-teens and would-be goths. Well, I hate to be the one to\nbreak it to the Linkin Park fan contingent, but calligraphy is to angst\nwhat scones are to rave parties.
    ",1] ); //--> Why do people get so carried away with fonts that mimic real handwriting? It drives me insane when people use really heavy script fonts to add a "personal touch" to their e-mail signatures--like, "Look! It's like I really signed it! Even though it's on a computer!" Hey, wow. You're pretty clever.
    Common abusers: Old people; people who think they are classy.
    Probable famous user: Martha Stewart
    See also: French Script MT
    6. Kristen ITC
    This is another "fun" font like Comic Sans or Curlz, but it of course has its own unique twist on things. Kristen ITC fans are usually elementary school teachers, childcare professionals, and other people with kid-centric jobs. These people love to employ quotes like, "We don't stop playing because we grow old--we grow old because we stop playing," and they really like to use a font that serves as a constant reminder that THEY HAVE NOT STOPPED PLAYING, DAMMIT! DON'T YOU SEE HOW PLAYFUL THESE LETTERS LOOK? YOU ARE TALKING TO SOMEONE WHO IS YOUNG INSIDE!
    Common abusers: The same people who buy adult-sized jean jumpers
    Probable famous user: Jessica Simpson
    7. Viner Hand ITC
    Don't ask me why, but Viner Hand seems to have become the go-to font for angsty pre-teens and would-be goths. Well, I hate to be the one to break it to the Linkin Park fan contingent, but calligraphy is to angst what scones are to rave parties.
    Common abusers: Eighth graders writing poems about how nobody understands them
    Probable famous user: Fred Durst

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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    Awww I use Kristen when I'm on the computer on AIM. If I had a choice on my Sidekick I'd use it there too, it's fun!

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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    When we are creating instructional materials there are a few that are forbidden. These are on the list. They are not within our publishing standards.

    We mostly use Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New for screen shots, etc.


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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    Quote Originally Posted by EagleWings View Post
    Awww I use Kristen when I'm on the computer on AIM. If I had a choice on my Sidekick I'd use it there too, it's fun!
    Do you wear adult sized jean jumpers?

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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    I have comic sans on my myspace page, and thats about it. otherwise, its usually arial.
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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    I see it says Verdana here, wow I never noticed before. I usually use arial

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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    ....but.... I.....like.... comic sans.....




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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    Holy hell that was funny!!! "The AOL of Fonts".... so true!

    Every single one of those fonts is on my hate list.

    For everyday use I prefer Arial or Verdana. When composing business letters it's either TNR or Garamond.

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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    I use Verdana almost exclusively...but I also like to vary what font I use.

    I use Comic Sans quite sparingly.

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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    Verdana is supposed to be the easiest to read of all the normal fonts. Even easier than Arial.

    I used to like Papyrus. And then everybody used it. A bit too much. Every mom and pop shop had it for their logo, every advertisement (especially from the larger agencies) uses it. Even movie posters.

    I think I have a font called "I Hate Comic Sans MS."
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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    Quote Originally Posted by FrumiousBoojum View Post
    Verdana is supposed to be the easiest to read of all the normal fonts. Even easier than Arial.

    I used to like Papyrus. And then everybody used it. A bit too much. Every mom and pop shop had it for their logo, every advertisement (especially from the larger agencies) uses it. Even movie posters.

    I think I have a font called "I Hate Comic Sans MS."
    I think that's the problem with a lot of these fonts. They're cool until everyone uses them, again and again. Comic sans, when used, just makes me go "ugh". MTV's real world was an especially noteable offender!

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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    Back 15-20 years ago, when fonts first started to become available, I used Arial. Then everyone started using it.

    So I switched over to Book Antiqua. Then we would up typesetting things in it, and it was no longer unique.

    So I switched over to Century Gothic. Iím sure itís only a matter of time before people start using this one, too, and Iíll have to find something else thatís as readable.

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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    Century Gothic is my current favorite, followed by Ariel.
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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    Verdana all the way for me!


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    Re: Americas Most Fonted - Are you Guilty?

    I'm sooooo guilty of these three:
    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto View Post
    2. Bradley Hand ITC
    Who is Bradley, and why hath his hand wrought such abuse? This is one of many script fonts that are supposed to approximate a cursive-y, handwritten look and have lost their charm after years of abuse at the hands of adolescent females.
    Common abusers: Sorority girls. Sorry to any sensible sisters out there who know how to use fonts properly, but you have to admit that Bradley Hand ITC makes its way into far too many college girls' IM profiles, and a good chunk of them are of the Greek persuasion. In fact, if I had a dollar for every time I have seen a Dave Matthews/John Mayer lyric wistfully inserted into a profile (just below the "Alpha Delta Whatever, love my big," etc., and above the cut-and-pasted Windings heart/flower offset in pink), I would have me some serious dollars.
    Probable famous user: Lauren Conrad from the O.C.
    See also: Lucida Handwriting
    3. Curlz MT
    Curlz MT picks up where Comic Sans left off in terms of forced casualness and raises you a big sack of illegibility. Even before this font was so totally overused, it was really only good in small doses. Anyone who uses this font today for e-mail or IM is just totally nuts, because you are basically saying that the actual content and readability of your e-mail is secondary to the real message you want to get across, i.e., "LOOK AT ME! AREN'T I WHIMSICAL? DON'T YOU LOVE HOW EVEN A BORING E-MAIL ABOUT CARPOOLING TO SOCCER PRACTICE CAN BE MADE FUN AND FANCIFUL WHEN YOU PUT CURLY SERIFS ON THE WORDS?" Curlz MT is not a font; it's a cry for help.
    Common abusers: Middle-aged ex-cheerleaders trying to hold on to the magic of the good old days; women who have woken up at the age of 40 and realized they never did the fun things they wanted to do
    Probable famous user: Britney Spears
    See also: Gigi
    This is another "fun" font like Comic Sans or Curlz, but it of course has its own unique twist on things. Kristen ITC fans are usually elementary school teachers, childcare professionals, and other people with kid-centric jobs. These people love to employ quotes like, "We don't stop playing because we grow old--we grow old because we stop playing," and they really like to use a font that serves as a constant reminder that THEY HAVE NOT STOPPED PLAYING, DAMMIT! DON'T YOU SEE HOW PLAYFUL THESE LETTERS LOOK? YOU ARE TALKING TO SOMEONE WHO IS YOUNG INSIDE!
    Common abusers: The same people who buy adult-sized jean jumpers
    Probable famous user: Jessica Simpson
    Guilty!! Former teacher and soccer mom. That's me!! Those are great descriptions.

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