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While I’m ranting about type… here is an amazing motion type piece that Charlie turned me on to. I need to wrench on a project like this. BAD.BTW… this is NOT Arial (which probably should have made it’s way into my top 5 worst)
Flickermood 2.0 from Sebastian Lange on Vimeo.

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I’m going to step up on my soapbox for a second, and share my TOTAL DISGUST for my top 5 least favorite typefaces of all time. Sure, my list is much longer than this… as it is apparently easier to make a garbage set of letters than to focus and make a good one. These 5 typefaces are ones that I tend to see the most around me on a daily basis. And I HATE them. A lot. Have I used them before? Yes. Does this list make me a hypocrite? Hardly. It is only after years and years of design experience that I have developed this kind of typographic repulsion. Nerdy, I know… but bear with me here.

Coming in at #5:rnC'mon.  Seriously?rnThese two are pretty much a given… so I’m counting them as one entry. Comic Sans is the international typeface for “take nothing I’m saying seriously”. I see this “font” misused daily. If you want your business to be instantly discredited, and taken as a complete joke, go ahead and use it. Or you could try Papyrus… which is equally misused, and does NOT convey natural, Earthy, herbal, outdoors, or African in any way shape or form. It conveys that you are unoriginal in your endeavors, and take the easy approach to things.Number 4:rnOoooh... a TOUGH script!rnPorcelain has had it’s day. That day is over. I see this used all the time like it is edgy and hip. It is not. It is old and worn out. 2005 has come and gone… time to move on.Number 3:rnBled to DEATH.rnThis face was cool the day it came out… and not a day after. Much like Porcelain, Bleeding Cowboys gets used to seem rough and tough. The swoosh-like “ascenders” and “descenders” are forced, and don’t make it any cooler. They make it awkward, cluttered, and hard to read. Yes, grunge type is supposed to be hard to read… but 10 times out of 10, this face is used in a manner in which it needs to be read legibly.Number 2:rnDon't STEAL.rnThis is a cheap ripoff of one of my favorite typefaces (that I paid a lot for). I see this used everywhere, and in every instance… the REAL typeface would have been more fitting. Why pay for quality, when you can get the cheap, grunge, snaked-face for free. There is a growing trend of these typefaces… and I hate them all. Pay for the real thing, and support the foundries that create(d) quality typefaces.The #1 Typeface I HATE the Most:rnKILL MY EYES.

rnHere is yet another face who’s day has LONG since expired. It is WAY over-used, hard to read, generic, and NOT COOL. Nothing about this typeface is edgy, hip, or youthful. It is cluttered, ugly, and an uncreative go-to font to try and look cool. It doesn’t work. This typeface isn’t even worth the 112kb it takes up on my machine… and after I finish this blog entry, I am deleting it – never to be reinstated as a soldier in my design arsenal.Even amidst my hate for these typefaces, I must commend the typographers that created them. They have unknowingly spawned these typefaces that “designers” have misused and plastered throughout modern society. Perhaps it is the reckless abandon in which they are used that really fosters my disdain so aptly.[/soapbox]

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The new issue of S3 Magazine has hit newstands and mailboxes. The 4-page DMGGMASD spread is included in this issue… rnas is the Slide Style™ “Old Black” full-pager.DMGGMASD - S3 MagrnDMGGMASD - S3 MagrnDMGGMASD - S3 MagrnDMGGMASD - S3 Magrn

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