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7 Fonts that should die

The problem with being a fontwhore is that you begin to recognize some of the tired, overused fonts that no designer seems to want to let go. If you see them, let out a scream and shoot them on sight.

Dear Joe doesn’t look like your handwriting. It doesn’t look like anyone’s handwriting. If you want to use your own handwriting as a font, try Fontifier and leave poor Joe alone.

Dolphins is the go-to font for a fun, 70′s look. Except it’s always used in the weirdest, most inappropriate places.

Papyrus is used to communicate an ethnic or earthy tone. But because everyone uses it, now it just says lazy and unimaginative.

Many businesses love Copperplate. It’s strong, it’s powerful….it’s ugly.

Brush Script is used by uninspired designers who think Times New Roman is “too serious.”

Nearly every movie poster in existence uses Trajan to convey drama. Non-cinematic designers use the font to give something a now clichéd sense of importance.

Coolvetica, unlike its ubiquitous cousin, is nowhere near as cool as its name suggests.

If you’re guilty of keeping these fonts on life support, it’s time to broaden your repertoire. Check out some of the cool and useful fonts at urban fonts, Font Freak, dafont or

If you happen to find a unique font on the net that you’d like to use, but have no idea what it is, use WhatTheFont. The site will detect the font used in any URL or image and identify its name or provide similar alternatives. WhatTheFont is also available as an iPhone application.

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