THE NON-DESIGNER'S TYPE BOOK
1. MOST CONTROVERSIAL TREND
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This one really rocked the boat. If youWOrds b'eedins off the
haven't seen it, you've been spending toe?33* and anVthinS e'se
much time at the Helvetica User Groupthat W0U,d terminate
meetings. Some people think these ugly™ етР'°У™п*in ™>st
fonts are a fad that has started to fadeP,aces- There are some
But if you look around, you'll realize thaf rationalists who are
grunge type and lawless design is noS
only everywhere, it's so common that ifhroush the streets with
doesn't shock us like it used to. Uglytorches and Pforte to
fonts are not only outrageous by tradi-round up 8runse design
tional standards, sometimes they rang¿efore ¡t destroyS 0Ur ty"
between barely legible and you-gotta-be-P°8raphlc V1"as- Some
kidding-if-you-think-I-can-read-this. Bufraditiona'ist aren4 wor"
ried at all because it's
what else they are. They're interesting^3^ that such a ri"
Designers who are trying to get your atdicu'ous thinS could have
tention, who are trying to convey a feel-much influence. Uh oh.
ing with type (and some who know aLook around you' mtv'
espn. National maga-
trend when they see one), are using ugly
fonts and ugly design. Ugly design aban?ines- nat'ona' adver-
dons most things that are familiar to ustisers everyone is feel.
such as consistent leading, symmetrical
. a-.. , . ing the graphic influence
columns, reliable contrast bftaH^»^ [ike trends ¡„
words and L-lackground, in favor ofashion> designers take
lines of type crashing into each otherelements of what,s hap.
columns of type crashing into each otherpening in the most ex.
^)lumns of type on top of each other,
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treme cases and use them in more conservative ways. You'll
see ugly fonts used in traditional layouts. I've used
some very stranGe fonts for some very conservative clients
a community college, a banK, and, a magazine .
or cad engineers). òome designers
prefer using traditional, classical typefaces in a grunge-inspired lay¬
out. Some do both. You Don't have t\o plunge into
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