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(CNN)   Mike Parker, the "Godfather" of the Helvetica font is dead at age 84. The creator of Comic Sans, however, is still alive. The universe is an unfair place   (cnn.com) divider line 40
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2014-02-28 08:39:28 AM
To serif or to sans-serif in thy fontage?

That is the question.
 
2014-02-28 08:45:58 AM
You are wasting your life if you have strong feelings about a font.
 
2014-02-28 08:47:45 AM
The most sterile font ever made.
 
2014-02-28 08:56:25 AM
 
2014-02-28 09:02:51 AM
img.photobucket.com

Refuses to read an email that isn't in Helvetica.

/not a joke
 
2014-02-28 09:10:29 AM
Comic Sans isn't a bad font. The overuse of comic sans inappropriately is the real problem.
 
2014-02-28 09:12:59 AM

s1ugg0: You are wasting your life if you have strong feelings about a font.


But I'm a typographer!

/Not really
 
2014-02-28 09:15:39 AM
you mean "the Univers," submitter.
 
2014-02-28 09:37:22 AM

WinoRhino: Comic Sans isn't a bad font. The overuse of comic sans inappropriately is the real problem.


d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net
yes, a professional baseball team did that.  (this is inside Nationals stadium)
 
2014-02-28 09:38:24 AM
achewood.com

Achewood beats XKCD to the punch.

http://www.achewood.com
 
2014-02-28 09:45:18 AM
Before people start whining about how designers are blowing this all out of proportion and Comic Sans is a perfectly good font for EVERYTHING, let me know when you think that typesetting your wedding invitations or the program for your beloved Nana's funeral in Comic Sans is a good idea.
 
2014-02-28 09:51:47 AM

s1ugg0: You are wasting your life if you have strong feelings about a font.


I feel the same about those who eat Cheetos and whose exercise regime consists of buttock-lifting in order to vent and shuffling to and from the fridge, and yet who self-identify so profoundly with wealthy sports franchises.

There's a lot of those sort, proportionally.

/kern you dig it?
 
2014-02-28 09:52:41 AM

WinoRhino: Comic Sans isn't a bad font. The overuse of comic sans inappropriately is the real problem.


Sorry, but next you'll Godwin the argument with talk of autobahns and dog liking.
 
2014-02-28 10:19:05 AM
That's arial tragedy.
 
2014-02-28 10:19:44 AM

Valiente: Sorry, but next you'll Godwin the argument with talk of autobahns and dog liking.


And vegetarianism.
 
2014-02-28 10:41:23 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: [img.photobucket.com image 288x360]

Refuses to read an email that isn't in Helvetica.

/not a joke


If that's true, then it makes me hate the Bob and Tom show even more, as inconceivable as that sounds.
 
2014-02-28 10:46:10 AM

s1ugg0: You are wasting your life if you have strong feelings about a font.

 
2014-02-28 10:55:41 AM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-02-28 11:02:43 AM
www.tcs.ch

And so soon after the Olympics. May the Swiss remain united in peace.
 
2014-02-28 11:03:40 AM
As long as the guy who made Segoe UI is fine, we're good.
 
2014-02-28 11:38:20 AM

theorellior: Before people start whining about how designers are blowing this all out of proportion and Comic Sans is a perfectly good font for EVERYTHING, let me know when you think that typesetting your wedding invitations or the program for your beloved Nana's funeral in Comic Sans is a good idea.


Also picture Apple's logo and marketing done in Comic Sans and ask yourself if they would still be Apple.
 
2014-02-28 11:54:40 AM
ih3.redbubble.net

/got nothin
 
2014-02-28 12:02:33 PM
Times New Roman is the only true font.
 
2014-02-28 12:09:39 PM

s1ugg0: You are wasting your life if you have strong feelings about a font.


Really? You should tell that to the art directors I know who get paid six figures to have strong feelings about fonts.
 
2014-02-28 12:18:04 PM

s1ugg0: You are wasting your life if you have strong feelings about a font.


I get paid to care.
 
2014-02-28 12:34:40 PM
Did they ever fix the eye (heart) NY "bug" in wingdings?
 
2014-02-28 12:36:37 PM

whither_apophis: Did they ever fix the eye (heart) NY "bug" in wingdings?


Oh it was just NYC, that's right...
 
2014-02-28 03:33:10 PM
Meanwhile, billionaire playboy Augustus Garamond, inventor of the font that bears his name, is a healthy 96 and banging supermodels a quarter of his age nightly.

SAY MY NAME, BIATCHES.
 
2014-02-28 04:02:49 PM
Was font rage a thing, before the Internet?

/doubtful
 
2014-02-28 04:06:19 PM

semiotix: Meanwhile, billionaire playboy Augustus Garamond, inventor of the font that bears his name, is a healthy 96 and banging supermodels a quarter of his age nightly.

SAY MY NAME, BIATCHES.


Nice.

I realize I am nerd, but Garamond is by far my favorite serif font and I use it in a couple publications I produce. So classy and good lookin'.
 
2014-02-28 04:08:45 PM

Flying Code Monkey: Was font rage a thing, before the Internet?

/doubtful


We had to explain our font choices in design class in the 90s. For some reason I liked Bookman and Palatino a lot back then and remember the teacher completely disagreeing with my choices. But again, it just matters to people it matters to.
 
2014-02-28 04:29:50 PM

Flying Code Monkey: Was font rage a thing, before the Internet?

/doubtful


People have been debating the pros and cons of different typefaces since Gutenberg's Bible got pulled off the press.
 
2014-02-28 04:49:57 PM
Simple rule: don't use any font which comes pre-installed with an operating system, except as a fallback of last resort for situations where a more interesting font isn't available.
 
2014-02-28 04:50:52 PM

theorellior: Valiente: Sorry, but next you'll Godwin the argument with talk of autobahns and dog liking.

And vegetarianism.


Apparently, that was a bit of a myth. Addie loved his sausage stuffing.

s1.hubimg.com
 
2014-02-28 04:53:42 PM

theorellior: Flying Code Monkey: Was font rage a thing, before the Internet?

/doubtful

People have been debating the pros and cons of different typefaces since Gutenberg's Bible got pulled off the press.


For some reason I pictured Mrs. Gutenberg.

4.bp.blogspot.com
/tampered press
 
2014-02-28 11:39:52 PM

poot_rootbeer: Simple rule: don't use any font which comes pre-installed with an operating system, except as a fallback of last resort for situations where a more interesting font isn't available.


The hipster approach to fonts.
 
2014-03-01 12:31:46 AM

s1ugg0: You are wasting your life if you have strong feelings about a font.


To each is own, I suppose, but yeah some people really, really get into it.

I just want to communicate and get things done. My only hard-and-fast rule is that documents should be in a variable-width font for ease of reading, and code should be in a fixed width font. I prefer Lucida Console for code, but any fixed-width font will do. The default MS Office font (Calibri, most recently) is the variable-width font I use. That's all the time I spend thinking about it.
 
2014-03-01 12:47:44 AM

Fuggin Bizzy: s1ugg0: You are wasting your life if you have strong feelings about a font.

To each is own, I suppose, but yeah some people really, really get into it.

I just want to communicate and get things done. My only hard-and-fast rule is that documents should be in a variable-width font for ease of reading, and code should be in a fixed width font. I prefer Lucida Console for code, but any fixed-width font will do. The default MS Office font (Calibri, most recently) is the variable-width font I use. That's all the time I spend thinking about it.


I agree there's plenty of situations where fonts don't need to look cool and stylish, but I get the feeling that people think the things that do look good just magically appeared that way. No, somebody who does care about that shiat had to learn and practice to create it.
 
2014-03-01 12:53:41 AM
And I forgot to add, though I've said it before, Fark's logo still looks like it was created in 5 minutes by the office's errand boy. If that's how you want to present yourself to the world...well, godspeed.
 
2014-03-01 04:11:46 AM
www.mnn.com

lookit that sexay typeface
 
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