Below is the beginning of the Plea! Read the full piece to see which 16 fonts are begging to be forgotten!
Every typeface ever designed was created to serve a certain purpose with a specific mood or tone. In addition to the individual traits of each font and its family, there are only two kinds of types — display and text. Display faces, known for their decorative features, are meant to be used sparingly and in bigger sizes, they are illegible otherwise. Text faces are great for extensive amounts of readable copy, they commonly sport a conservative no-frills look.
The greatest honour any type could achieve is to have its face loved and recognized by people. We realize that not all of us were crafted in an equally beautiful way — some of us turned to be a classic work of art, while others are simply tools to express one’s thoughts or communicate a message. The biggest fear of every type is to be used in ways that we were not intended for or abused to the point of being hated.
Sixteen of us finally got together with a plea to give us a break and forget about our existence for the next 25 years or so. Please give us a chance to get back our merits, we don’t want to be a typographic failure. There are so many other wonderful types (and not only the commercial ones) that would bring more sense and beauty to your designs, fliers, documents; the typefaces no one gets fired for using, fonts that will last you a lifetime. It is our hope that more people will write letters to those in charge at Microsoft, Apple and Adobe requesting to add more fonts (such as Adobe Caslon Pro, Adobe Jenson Pro, Franklin Gothic, Frutiger, Futura, Gill Sans, Helvetica Neue, Univers and Warnock Pro) to the core system.
So next time you see any of our 16 faces in your software’s fonts list, skip it and experiment with another, find a more suitable type for your specific project needs. In the end you’ll thank us for that.
~ A Plea From 16 Most Overused Fonts written by Vivien