Not My Type

helveticaHelvetica’s message is this: you are going to get to your destination on time; your plane will not crash; your money is safe in our vault; we will not break the package; the paperwork has been filled in; everything is going to be OK.

Well maybe, but surely the dullest typeface on the planet. It says you are going to get to your destination on time, but it’s Rhyll; your plane will not crash and land safely in Belgium; your money is safe in our vault because you will never want to withdraw any to pay for anything remotely interesting; the paperwork has been filled in because we know how important paperwork is to you; everything is okay because we know you dislike even the mildest of shocks.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

3 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 9th May 2007

    There’s a lot to be said for simplicity in design and that includes typeface choices. I am an Arial devotee myself but at a pinch I’d also use Tahoma. By the way at the risk of sounding like a pedant Rhyl only has one “l” but it remains an awful place – even Manchester is better!

  • Anonymous 10th May 2007

    I’m sorry but as a blogger posting about a type-face you have officially invalidated your right to call anything dull and uninteresting.

  • Shooting Parrots 10th May 2007

    YP – My preference is Verdana, as on this this. The bane of my life are the people who think Comic Sans is cool.

    Anon – Thanks for calling by. You may have a point.


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