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I’m Comic Sans, Asshole.

Comic_Sans1I’ve take a look at this boisterous font before, and damned if the thing hasn’t taken a look back at me. I still think we ought to back away slowly.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: I’m Comic Sans, Asshole

Listen up. I know the shit you’ve been saying behind my back. You think I’m stupid. You think I’m immature. You think I’m a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I’m Comic Sans, and I’m the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg.

Read the rest. If you dare.

10 Commandments of Typography

font-infographyCourtesy of: Designmantic.com

Click on the pic to embiggen sufficiently to read from orbit.

Not sure I agree with all his choices. Myriad/Minion do awful things to apostrophes, and Souvenir? Um, I guess it’s better than Comic Sans. But I do like Black Chancey. Now I need a reason to use a semi-blackletter font.

My inner font geek wants this book!

Oh how I wish I could reproduce this periodic table accurately! Go, all you font lovers, click the pic to see a really good rendition, and while you’re doing that, I am running to buy Just My Type by Simon Garfield.

How can I resist this?

Just My Type is a book of stories about fonts. It examines how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. It explains why we are still influenced by type choices made more than 500 years ago, and why the T in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters. It profiles the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, as well as people like Neville Brody who threw out the rulebook. The book is about that pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers, and typefaces became something we realized we all have an opinion about. And beyond all this, the book reveals what may be the very best and worst fonts in the world – and what your choice of font says about you.

Jared, you *know* you want this too!

Kerning, or why to hate Comic Sans

if you hate someone teach them to recognize bad kerningComic Sans, the font of derision, or so font aficionados tell us. But they usually don’t tell us why. Okay,  it’s really casual, and somewhat silly, but that doesn’t seem like a good reason to throw rocks at it. That is is used inappropriately isn’t the font’s fault. (A headstone in Comic Sans?)

Turns out that one of its design flaws, or casual characteristics, depending on your POV, is the kerning. That’s the distance between letters, and in spite of what we’re used to on computer screens, it’s not set in stone. It’s why type justified to right and left both can look really odd; the spacing between letters changes. Kerning is a major function of good typesetters and font designers. Most of us don’t alter it deliberately.

Here’s your chance: play the Kerning Game. Move the letters around until it looks good, and find out how a pro would solve the dilemma.

I found this game a while back, possibly through Moonrat’s blog, but it’s been a while: I don’t really recall. But I torture myself with it at intervals. How good an eye do I have? Good enough to hit the pro solution about 70% of the time. Once in a while I blow it completely.

You try. Dare ya.