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I had an ad from Chank in my e-mail, which got me to thinking about fonts for icons - Yuletide approacheth - and after taking advantage of Chank's offer, I went over to Dafont to look at free fonts there. They let you put in your own sample text for viewing - not onesey-twosy as you look at a particular font, but rather you can set it up for viewing masses of fonts with your sample all at one time.

So I was looking at the word Yuletide in dozens of different fonts that had been posted in the last couple of months, and it was amazing how many of them failed what I consider a basic requirement of a font: You should be able to read words written in it.

Obviously this doesn't apply to dingbat fonts (and they have some cute ones at Dafont), but if it's meant to be letters, it should be letters, m'iright?

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lawless523
Oct. 28th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
That's a pet peeve of mine. Related: Why do people make and use icons with lettering so small it can't be read? And why do people have journals and blogs that are unreadable because the lettering is too small, the background is too dark, and/or the lettering isn't enough of a contrast to the background?
7veilsphaedra
Oct. 28th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
It sounds as though the act of reading anything written in this font is intended to be a form of conceptual art, whereby what you perceive is what you project onto the word.

No?

I would skip them, too.
lady_ganesh
Oct. 30th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have once in a while used an 'unreadable' one as a decorative element, but it has to be super stylized and set whatever theme I'm trying to set.
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