Friday, April 3, 2015

Typographic crimes against humanity

Typographic crimes against humanity

Crimes against typography are committed everyday. Designing with typography is not an easy thing to do. Like graphic design as a whole, it has to be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. When designing with typography, a great deal of consideration goes into the composition, orientation, size, typeface, and letter spacing.

Designers should know the vast importance of typography, yet basic type-crimes abound. You can witness these atrocities anywhere. Some are quick to dismiss the rules of typography, and some are unaware that these rules exist. Consequently the results of unconscious design can be heinous, hysterical and convoluted. The following examples are the best of the worst in typographic design.


KidsExchange Sale for-profit organization Founded in 2001 by sisters Julie Blaising and Amy Winstead in Raleigh, NC. The company hosts consignment sales at store locations across the country.
Proper punctuation (and word spacing) should always be encouraged.

When London unveiled its £400,000 2012 logo design, the design community was appaled. Some claimed it resembled a swatstika. Iran even threatened to boycott the Olympics since they believed the logo spelled out "Zion."

Regrettable Rebrands

Designed by Trey Laird and his firm Laird and Partners

Black &Decker Popular tool and appliance manufacturer Black + Decker (formerly Black & Decker) wanted to rebrand itself as a company for the everyman and not one for guys with tool sheds.

Nationwide insurance decided to bring back its pre-1998 eagle logo with some modern updates. The company says it found that its eagle is 50% more recognizable than the blue frame, but it just looks like a bad college logo.

the new YMCA England logo seems like bad attempt to "modernize" its look. It just resembles a lesser version of the AC/DC logo. has had over 200 million registered users since it was founded in 1999, and this year it decided to expand. This came with a new logo in the form of a flag with 3D effects. Sometimes being radically different just results in being off the mark.

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