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Top 8 of the World’s Most Hated Fonts

Every graphic designer will agree… these 8 fonts should simply stay in the dark.

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Graphic designers who are fond of typography know there are hundreds of thousands of font types, but which are the most disliked? Marketers utilize fonts to create memorable brands.

The lovesick use fonts to portray feelings, glee, happiness, and sorrow—but some fonts should simply stay in the dark.

1. Comic Sans

Comic Sans has forever been dubbed the “comic book” font. It may be popular for a child’s school worksheet, but adults using this font might be looked at as comical themselves. In fact, this font is so disliked, it has a website dedicated to banning its use.

2. Courier

The stern look of the Courier font is downright scary. Its use by the U.S. State Department for decades may be one of the reasons this font is hated.

The “official” look, especially on correspondence screams “you’re in trouble.” Looking at it now, we can feel the Internal Revenue Service audit coming.

3. Brush Script

This typeface is popular among “visit our state” brochure designers but in the real world, the Brush Script font is too flashy and it’s hard to imagine using it to convey something important.

Using this font for everything is sort of like that old cliché even sad lyrics sound good when sung to country music.

4. Papyrus

If you think you recognize this font for its resemblance to hieroglyphs, think again. Although popular for religious use, it’s also the most overused font for chat rooms and instant messaging.

Think “how r u?” and you’ll understand why this is a hated font.

In fact, open your IM chat right now and you’ll see the Papyrus typeface saying something very silly, making it hard to take seriously. It’s also a popular font among newbie designers—have you checked your portfolio lately?

5. Ravie

An art student first created the Ravie font as a way to represent wild enthusiasm—maybe those Rave flashing lights and loud music parties were his inspiration.

There is no wild feel in this typeface. Instead, all you get is a cartoony-looking font that’s not only unattractive to the eye, the reader may question the use of it due to the curvy, script style it offers. Steer clear of this font if you want to be professional.

6. Century Gothic

The Century Gothic font is clearly recognizable but it’s width is part of its distraction. Traditionalists more than baby boomers remember this type for its use in advertising.

Its spacing is wide even if the size is reduced, which reminds us of those IBM Selectric typewriters. Old fashioned and boring are two good words to describe Century Gothic.

7. Castellar

This lands on the list of the eight most hated fonts for its double-strike effect. The inspiration for the Castellar typeface were Roman columns and this font relies on capital letters only—forget the lower case.

Its shadowing makes it difficult for just about any type of advertising or marketing and it’s hard to find graphics that sync with this typeface. Isn’t it a no-no to correspond in all caps? We can clearly see why including this font in graphic design might scream too loudly instead of quietly inspire.

8. Bauhaus

The problem with this font is some of the letters for this typeface don’t seem quite finished. Microsoft is famous for including the Bauhaus 93 font in its office suite software, but it’s pretty hard to find anywhere else.

European diarists enjoyed this font, but it’s widely overused and inconsistent in design. Is it curvy or stern—hard for us to tell.

With a slew of fonts to choose from, especially when designing your website, we’d steer clear of these eight.

[image via lovelogo]

By Teddy Hunt

Teddy Hunt is a freelance content writer with a focus on technology. When not behind a computer, Teddy spends the majority of his free time outdoors and resides in Tampa, Florida.