There has been a discuss in the Corel Support Newsgroups lately about the proper fonts to use and some that users are just plain sick of seeing. Then I ran across a page today titled America’s Most Fonted: The 7 Worst Fonts. They have a pretty good list of fonts to avoid and I decided I’d list of few of the fonts that CorelDRAW users are sick of seeing.
At the top of the most hated CorelDRAW font list would have to be Avant Garde Bk BT. Why? Quick simply because it was the default font for many versions and a lot of users tended to just use it because it was there. It is a great font is used in the right places, but it has been overused to the point where nobody wants to see it for a while.
Probably the most obnoxious font that ever came with CorelDRAW was Beehive. I still remember seeing a boxing poster in a Tampa hotel that used this font and it immediately identified that the poster had been designed in CorelDRAW. The ugly font was just the first sign that the designer needed to go to design school.
We can always throw Times, Arial and Helvetica (Switzerland) on the list just because they are overused. Sad because they can be useful faces in the right situations. I really do like the Helvetica Neue family, I just have to be careful not to use it too much.
Most users of computer software don’t have a background in design school. This means they make poor choices when choosing fonts to use. Are you willing to learn more about type so you don’t make those mistakes? Great, I knew you wanted to know more. Here are a few books you might want to explore: TypeStyle: How to choose and use type on a personal computer, Type Idea Index: The Ultimate Designer’s Tool for Choosing And Using Fonts Creatively, Logo Font & Lettering Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to the Design, Construction and Usage of Alphabets and Symbols.
So those are some of my most hated fonts and some tips for learning more. What fonts do you hate? Do you have any design resources to share?