Monday, August 24

You Can Make the World a Better Place By NOT USING BAD TYPEFACES and encouraging others to do the same #1

What was once created with a purpose has been overused, misused, and now creates disgust among mankind. This is the beginning of a series where I will address typefaces that we are taught in Graphic Design schooling to avoid for various reasons. Even non-graphic-designers can be taught these simple principles. BAD TYPEFACE #1 A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY Trajan was designed in 1989 by Carol Twombly for Adobe. The design is inspired by Roman Square Capitals that were inscribed at the base of Trajan's Column. Trajan was the Roman Emperor of that time. (Thus, how it got its name). This typeface could have been used correctly for Roman movies. Or other purposes similar. But now it is so overused, so recognized that people don't see it for what it was intended. It doesn't match the tone of most of its uses today. It's the default movie font and its making us sick! Watch This Film. So what do you think? Think Trajan should be used for a Comedy? A Romantic Drama set in Paris? A suspense thriller? What about a Roman Epic? NO. IT IS TOO OVERUSED AND HAS LOST ITS CHANCE FOR RESPECT. I END WITH THIS... WHICH IS BETTER??? THIS? OR THIS? thank you for your insight

2 comments:

  1. Yes! Trajan is sooo overused in movie posters/titles. Looking forward to seeing more in this series.

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  2. Ha-ha; you remind me of my Typography teacher. He would rant about certain typefaces as if they had personally wounded him. :)

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