Is this a good font?
Five simple things to consider
when selecting a typeface
The world is full of bad signs, posters, resumes, and, yes,
presentations. Part of the problem are the fonts people use.
Professional signs in Brush Script? What is it, the 1950’s?!
Here are ﬁve things to consider when selecting a font.
Is the typeface on the “100 best Typefaces of all times” list?
Or maybe on another “The best of something” list? Did it won
any design awards? Does it have a Wikipedia page?
1. Acclaimed fonts are safer
Deﬁnitely good fonts
Web Search: *fontname* awards | Wikipedia: *fontname*
2. Avoid overused fonts
Might it be the case that there’s too much of this font already?
Is this a default typeface in a popular software suite?
Yes, some fonts are both iconic and overused.
Deﬁnitely overused Kinda overused
Web Search: *fontname* + overuse
Bad Somewhat problematic fonts
3. Avoid most hated fonts
Is the typeface on some “Never use those fonts” list?
Or maybe it’s one of those “10 cheesy fonts to avoid”?
If it’s on more than one of those lists — exercise caution.
Web Search: *fontname* avoid
4. Is it used by the pros?
Check the FontsInUse.com website, it’s a great collection
of typographic design. Is the typeface even there? What do
the experts say?
13 results including 2 staff
picks and 1 blog post
9 results, mostly ironic
Probably a decent typeface Use with caution
Quirky, hard to read fonts are ok for headers and logos,
but not for the main body text.
but poor readability
but slightly boring
5. Is it hard to read?
Web Search: *fontname* hard to read
Most “bad” typefaces aren’t really bad.
They’re just inappropriate for the context.
Even a Brush Script sign might look good.
But, alas, that’s another story.