10 Fonts That Designers Love To Hate

By on May 2, 2016 in Design Trends
10 Fonts That Designers Love To Hate

We all have those fonts that just irk us, either due to popularity, ugliness, or both. Below are ten examples of fonts that tend to elicit strong negative emotions from designers. We're betting you've ranted against at least a few, if not all of them!

If you see a font below that you hate, Pin, Tweet, or otherwise share it out. If we missed any, write about it yourself and share it out on social with the hashtag #worstFontsEver.











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  1. leadelazer

    Nooo, Cooper is great. Still. I'm waiting for a project to pull this card out of the stack ;) But I kinda hate Impact and Broadway. Sins of my youth they are.

  2. nikolas.karampelas

    I love times new roman :P I didn't expect it to be here, but I was expecting rosewood, which I love, but can't find many to share that love :P

  3. TomKieras

    Lol. This is pretty funny. I'm actually a big fan of four fonts in this group. Haters be out there, but if it works it works. ;)

  4. brooklyne

    I like Lobster too, but I have to admit, I cannot find anywhere suitable to use it. It is simply overkill, not quite Bleeding Cowboys overkill, but still, pretty bad.

  5. Mirp

    As a young designer I don't understand why Helvetica is there, I've always heard that it's a "profesionnal" font :o

  6. Steffymeia

    Thankfully my current favorites aren't here. Century Gothic (I'm geometric obsessed!) and American Typewriter which pays homage to my childhood and my mother's typewriter I spent many hours playing with. I also love anything retro or vintage and that font is a 1970s baby. Sadly, I was born about ten years later than I should have been.

  7. CajunGypsyArts

    Steffy: I like Century Gothic as well for the same reason, but American Typewriter is just a way-too-cleaned-up inferior substitute for Prestige Elite and Courier New, which probably look a lot more like what came out of your mom's old typer than AT does...especially if you can get a distressed version to mimic irregularly-striking keys. (Remember those old two-color ribbons, red for changes and black for copy? Never could figure that one out.)

    As for typefaces that grate on me, can I just mention Tahoma and Verdana? Really, can anyone show me a significant difference in these two? One of them has to go. (And I don't think it's a coincidence that a lot of the fonts in this list were ones that originally shipped with Microsoft Office and/or Windows.)

  8. campaz21

    I love lobster, but i think that the problem is actually what use do you give to the font, every font has it's own soul and purpose :)

  9. sarah.hough

    Hobo has been around for a long time, since letterpress printing was known as simply printing :) I'm horrified to admit that I used Zapfino when it first came out as an accent typeface on my wedding invitations, but I outlined and modified it somewhat. I just wasn't into the super ornate script options. Now I hang my head in shame when I stumble across one!

  10. david.woods

    I'd add Copperplate. Nothing says I have letters after my name like copperplate.

    I love geometric fonts like Century Gothic and Avante Garde. I like script and brush type, but more so when it's actually hand done. Using those style fonts is a trend that will be moving on before you know it.


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