The Art of Fonts

Monday, June 10, 2013 Andrea Lo 2 Comments

Hi, my name is Andrea and I am a secret font nerd.

You probably wouldn't be able to tell when you first meet me, but I'm a huge font enthusiast. I love the clean, minimalist look of Helvetica; the versatility conveyed through Times New Roman; the efficiency exerted by Calibri; but most of all, I love the majestic beauty of Georgia.

I remember at one of my classes at university, there was a group project in which we had to create and design our own magazine — as well as write the content. I very much envisioned a Vanity Fair kind of look and feel, so I can't tell you how upset I was that people decided to use Courier New throughout the entire magazine — and ignored my repeated request to use something a little more human. The rationale behind this was, apparently, because someone wanted the publication to be all about cult films, and that Courier New felt hipster. Or something.

When the time came for us to present our magazine, we failed spectacularly. We were criticised on our use of the font — particularly how un-user-friendly it was. I had a huge urge to say 'I fucking told you so,' but held it in because I remembered this was an integral part of my degree.

To this day, I still hate Courier New. I hate its rigidity, how it's squared but uneven, how the spacing between each letter looks like an ugly animal bearing its teeth.

Although not as much as I hate the mortal enemy: Comic Sans.