Worst Font Contest

Two years ago I ran this tiny contest on my social networking platforms for the worst font ever. Far and away, Comic Sans was the winner. Here are the others that deserved mention, along with the messages they tend to communicate:

Jokerman: Also says “Fajitas Tonite!” (spelled with “nite” instead of “night,” for sure)

Papyrus: Also says “yoga studio” or “Egypt”

Okay, I’m joking. Kinda.

But with these examples we can see how our font choices communicate for us, outside of the actual words we type with these fonts. Still, these examples are pretty easy targets. And they are two years old!

So dig a little deeper and type your new nominee for Worst Font Ever into the comments below. Winner gets a high-five.

PS. Font nerds unite!



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  1. Angie

     /  December 19, 2011

    for me it’s a toss up between Curlz and Gigi, but i think i’ll go with Gigi since it’s harder to read. but who really wants to read words anyway?

  2. A friend nominated Bleeding Cowboy, used on everything sorta related to “the West” for about a year now. Here’s a link to view: http://www.dafont.com/bleeding-cowboys.font

  3. Comic Sans, Jokerman, and I really don’t like Arial or Times New Roman. Both just scream I don’t care enough to change the default

  4. Jennifer Dewey

     /  January 27, 2012

    I had to laugh . . . as part of my ongoing professional development, I regularly read http://www.passiveagressivenotes.com. There have been several posts on NOT using Comic Sans in said notes. As a result, I’ve been able to improve my presentations via comments like, “Don’t use Comic Sans. We’re a Fortune 500 company, not a lemonade stand.” Hee, hee.


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