Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lucida Handwriting is my Comic Sans

By which I mean visual sandpaper. When I see a business using Lucida Handwriting in their signage or on a menu, I instantly loathe them.


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  1. Some people just have no sense of an appropriateness. And I even saw actual Comic Sans in a marketing letter.

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  2. All handwriting fonts are awful. Papyrus is worse than all of them, though. And it's all over the place.

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  3. Comic Sans is ALWAYS appropriate! The world is too uptight. BYOB!

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  4. No, BYOH(Bring Your Own Hallucinogens). There must be correct adult deportment on the rock pile. Petit bourgeois servility even.

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  5. I've seen a couple of handwriting fonts over the years that looked okay (can't remember the names of them offhand). Years ago I did typesetting for a living for a little while, and I saw -- at least briefly -- a lot of fonts. There's a good home for nearly every font that's ever been invented, though the example font you've given here seems to shout "Junk mail from insurance company!"

    I think the root of the problem with a lot of handwriting fonts is that, by their nature, the fonts display all the letters and other characters with perfect regularity, which is fine with most type fonts (that's what you want them to do), but it doesn't resemble actual handwriting, which by its nature is constantly variable and irregular.

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    1. The real problem with this particular font is that we used it extensively in my high school yearbook. So I think it belongs in the 90s, and should stay in the 90s.

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  6. Amen. I'm a college professor. Was about to tweet this exact phrase: Lucida Handwriting is my Comic Sans. For some reason I typed Lucida Handwriting into Google and your post came up. So I'll share it on Twitter instead of taking credit for it!

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  7. Lucida Sans is the worst. I remember in high school working on the Omega student newspaper with a girl who loved it, and almost every issue we'd have a huge fight with her about how terrible it was and how we shouldn't use it ever, and she always got to use it anyway on some stupid "thumbs up/thumbs down" feature. This post brought that all back to me in a terrible rush.

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