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Reviled fonts

Well, the story is done. Go read it.

The original call for contributions was:

When recherché designers denounce certain fonts in high dudgeon, dost they protest too much? Aren’t these the same fonts that designers used when they were starting out?

Just whatever trauma did Souvenir, Arial, Eurostile, Times Bold, and Benguiat inflict on beginning designers to prompt them to forswear such fonts forevermore? Shouldn’t designers pick on fonts their own size?

I am researching an article for Print that will:

The story will address the typefaces that designers love to hate, but won’t quite let respondents off the hook. Let’s see if we can separate rationale from rationalization.

Posted ≈2002.07.31 ¶ Updated 2003.09.16

See also: The final “Reviled Fonts” article

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