To people who have to stare at them all day, misused fonts look ugly, and detract from the product they’re representing. To designers who use them, they exemplify amateurish design techniques. No matter who’s looking, bad fonts can come off as repulsive. Here are ten of the most hated fonts in the history of graphic design.

Impact

Geoffrey Lee designed this typeface in 1965. Sure, it’s easy to read and grabs a reader’s attention, but that’s where the good qualities come to an abrupt halt.

The font, if used as a headline or in a logo, is too thick and comes across as unprofessional according to graphic design standards. In most cases, this font is used in documents that are designed by people who don’t get the gist of graphic design, so you should avoid it at all costs.

10 of The Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Comic Sans

If you’re wondering what the most hated typeface in the world is, look no further than Comic sans. This font is so bad it actually has a website dedicated to bashing, and banning it. Vincent Connare designed and released this font in 1994 through Microsoft, which was based on the letter styling used in comic books.

Although no one can pinpoint the exact flaws of this typeface, some say the its association with AOL and unwanted emails has made it despised by the public, and designers alike.

10 of the Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Bradley Hand

This typeface is usually seen on sorority girls’ instant messaging profiles or chats, who have abused the font throughout the years and taken away all of its credibility. As a script font, it’s supposed to approximate the cursive and handwritten look. Also, the font is not orientated left nor right. If this doesn’t mean anything to you, take a piece of paper and start writing naturally. You’ll see that your text is somewhat inclined to one direction.

10 of the Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Curlz MT

Curlz MT picks up where Comic Sans left off when it comes to forced informality, and comes across as illegible. Although this font has been overused in recent years, and has completely lost any good qualities it had, it was only good in small doses to begin with. A lot of baby, and children’s products use this font, so if you’re a professional designer using it for campaigns you hope people take seriously, you might want to reevaluate your design process.

10 of the Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Papyrus

This typeface is most popular among churches, coffee shops, and religious bookstores. The creator called it Papyrus because he wanted the font to resemble hieroglyphs, but the only similarity here is the word “papyrus” being that the Egyptians used animals in their writing system.

If you’ve ever had to enter lettering into a CAPTCHA to confirm that you weren’t spam, you may have noticed that it used this typeface. That is a good enough reason itself to stay http://trueviagraonline.com away from this font of a graphical designer.

10 of the Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Souvenir

Morris Fuller Benton developed and released Souvenir in 1914, but it hadn’t made its way to the forefront until the 1970s when it appeared on Bee Gees album covers and advertisements. Once punk rock came along and used fonts like this, it made them seem fluffy, foolish, and silly. Although it’s not taken seriously by many professional graphic designers, others feel it’s having a sort of resurgence on to the scene because of its soft look.

10 of the Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Courier

Someone once said of Courier, “[It] always reminds me of sending a job to the printer and forgetting to include the fonts.” This is, simply put, a stern and conservative font.

With that being said, it’s no surprise then that many governing agencies and departments use it, which could very well be one of the reasons why it’s hated so much. The “official” look screams “you’re in trouble.” If you’re a graphic designer, stay http://trueviagraonline.com away from using it, or else you may scare someone away from your design.

10 of the Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Brush Script

When people want to seem fancy, and compensate for their lack of design abilities, they’ll most likely lean on this typeface. Robert E. Smith designed this typeface, a casually connecting script, in 1942. It features a boisterous stroke that’s supposed to imitate hand-written letters with an ink brush. Although hugely popular in the 1950s and 60s with publishers and advertisers, it has since become outdated. Today, whether it’s on a billboard or tablet pc, it looks amateurish if used by any graphic designer.

10 of the Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Baskersville Old Face

John Baskerville had a lot of foresight when he created his font in the 18th century.  However, when others started digitizing his font to create other faces, they left a lot to be desired.  Baskerville Old Face is only a slight variation from your standard Times New Roman with a few unnecessary frills.  Also, for some reason, many times this font appears blurry on computer screens.  The best use for this font is definitely in printed materials.

10 of the Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Bauhaus 93

Unless you are going for a 70’s European feel for your design, stay http://trueviagraonline.com away from Bauhaus!  I know it looks quirky and interesting, but it will really limit your stylistic options for any design.  Some fonts are classic and will probably live forever.  This is one that shouldn’t.

10 of the Most Hated Fonts in Existence

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Choosing your typeface is an important part of the design process because it’ll be the first thing your clients read. If they don’t like it, how are their customers supposed to like it? Remember to keep it simple while still leaving an impact (not the typeface kind, either).

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Calvin Sellers is a writer and graphic designer from Tampa, FL. Follow him on Twitter @CalvinTheScribe.
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  1. September 6, 2013

    Must be an age thing, but I like Courier. Reminds me of typewriters, also scripts as in acting, not that technology shenanigans

    1. Calvin Sellers
      September 6, 2013

      Alconclacia, as with most design elements, it’s really a personal preference thing when it boils down to it. There are exceptions where all of these can be used-just not by me!

  2. Sam
    September 6, 2013

    I’ll agree with the others, but hating Courier? It’s one of the simplest utilitarian monospaced fonts with no pretensions at “design” whatsoever. Hating Courier is like hating white bread, or hating water.

    1. Calvin Sellers
      September 6, 2013

      Sam-thanks for the comment. I can respect your thought on Courier. It’s definitely the most reasonable of the list I chose, but I never did like white bread…

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  4. September 12, 2013

    Hmmm. I agree with some, but also disagree with others. Like you mentioned, it boils down to personal taste. Though I can see a lot of these fonts being overused; some of them (yes, even Comic Sans) can serve its purpose depending on the project given. Would I use Comic Sans on any of my projects? No way. Only if the client was holding me at gunpoint in front of my laptop. Even then, I would be hesitant.

    Great post though. Definitely sharing.

  5. Calvin Sellers
    September 12, 2013

    Thanks for the comment, Desmin! Yeah, sometimes the client wants a specific look and your hands are tied. I do think that overuse also has caused my feelings on some of these.

  6. September 14, 2013

    I agree, a badly chosen font can distract people from your work and story.

  7. SD
    January 19, 2015

    I HATE Times New Roman. It’s such an hiddeous and overused font!!!

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