Font Nerds Unite!

Seriously, any other font nerds in the house? I know I can’t be the only one.


Before becoming a writer, I tried my hand at graphic design. I tried…and found out that I was really mediocre at it. That’s the equivalent of going to the store and trying to buy an extra medium shirt. It wasn’t that I didn’t devote enough time it, or wasn’t passionate enough about it. I just didn’t have the ‘it’ factor.

You know what that is. It’s the little ‘je ne sais quoi’ that truly great artists have. They’ve got an eye for where things go. They can feel there way around a design. They can throw poop on a page and it will land in the most aesthetically pleasing place possible. I know these people exist…I had one in my class. I can’t even remember her name now, but my soul hurt when she would bust out with an assignment. It hurt, because I knew in the core of my being, no matter how much I tried, no matter how many hours I drew and redrew and revised and thumbnailed, no matter what I did, my best work wasn’t going to be as eye-pleasing as her rough sketches.

And as the years went by, I realized graphic design wasn’t my thing, per se. There’s other things I’m better at than graphic design. That’s okay! I’m happy where I am. But one thing hasn’t left me. It’s my love for the written word. I love how the words play on the page when you read them. And I love how they look when you get that perfect font. And I study fonts. I have been known to peruse font collections for hours, looking for that perfect one while deeply wishing I was talented enough to just create the one I needed.

But, I digress.

The point of this isn’t to give you an art history lesson. No, it’s simply to state:

I hate some fonts with every fiber of my being. When asked why, it’s usually because the font has been overused or is very often used in entirely the wrong setting…etc. And while, I would love to go on a tear about hideous fonts and the atrocities committed with them, someone already has!

I was asked recently why I hate Papyrus so much. (Not the paper-like substance made from crushed reeds…that stuff is awesome!) This girl sums up my thoughts nicely! And you get a nice history lesson in the process.

Long story short…if you’re going to choose your own fonts, please choose them wisely. You could turn off some readers just by choosing the wrong font for your title.

…and don’t even get me started on Comic Sans or Hobo.