For my last post, I have saved the ugliest and most ridiculous for last. What could be more stupid than a font designed to look like an old fashioned ransom note? Oh wait, no. A font designed to look like a ransom note is pretty damn stupid. Here’s why.
There are a series of this style of typeface, so I am not going to zero in on just one. However, the point of this style of type is to look like a hurriedly cut out note from some type of criminal. A lot of them came with the explosion of crazy typefaces in the 90s, when digital type was starting to become popular.
There is one major issue with this style of type, and that is the fact that it’s meant to look like a cut out collage of letters to form an anonymous note. However, one may come to realize that all fonts don’t have a trace of handwriting in them from who typed it, so the point of this style seems silly in a font when you think about it. However, if you like a creepy kidnapper style of this font, then more power to you…or not because it looks idiotic. I would venture to say that this style fits in the grudge type category, along with a previous font I discussed called Bleeding Cowboys.
There is nothing uniform about the letter styles here, making it hard to read and often confusing to the eye. The letters are often formed by a collection of other fonts as well as some of them being boxed in with and without negative space coming into play.
This kind of font is used for grungy and weird things, or it is misused. One famous use of this style is on the album covers of a band called The Sex Pistols. Other than that, it’s use is found in random places where it is so over the top you wonder why they just didn’t use Bleeding Cowboys as a better choice. Honestly, I don’t even understand why people use this kind of font. It makes no sense and whoever uses it probably is immature or has no idea what they are doing when it comes to design. Unfortunately, this is the case many times when it comes to bad fonts, and the overuse and misuse of them is why fonts become bad in the first place. Public Service Announcement: if you are unsure of what font to use, go simple and move on to color choice. It will make the world a better place. Over and out.
“The 8 Worst Fonts in the World.” FastCoDesign. 28 October 2011. Accessed online 5 July 2014.