Tag Archives: Algerian

History of Fonts

Posted on 13. Feb, 2013 by .

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If you've read this blog for more than a year or two, you've learned that I have a certain love... and hate for specific fonts.  (Here are some of my past posts on fonts) (Go here to catch up on some of my "I loath Algerian font" themed posts which got me sited in the Algerian Font's wiki page as a font hate site... Ha! I'm such a nerd) Every now an again, I'll find a very interesting video or blog about fonts. When designing (something we all do - every time we hang a sign on a door for parents to read), paying attention to the font is important. Some fonts are better designed for big signs, others for easy reading text. Using the wrong font in some situations communicates something different than what you're trying to say with your font. I know, for some of you this sounds ridiculous, but it's true. My good friend Jonathan Cliff knows of my love of fonts and sends me links all the time. Here's a really interesting video on the history of fonts.. why they're called fonts, why we call them "upper case" and "lower case" and even where they term italics came from. However, there's a big chunk of the video that deals with the infamous Comic Sans font, where it came from and why so many people hate it. Enjoy!

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I Loath Algerian Font Day #9

Posted on 27. Mar, 2010 by .

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IMG_0216Someone is proud to be Chamorro. I’m not sure what that is, but I don’t really care. Algerian is an overused font that doesn’t really “fit” in most uses, like the one here. Come on designers, just because you’ve seen it around somewhere doesn’t mean it’s gong to make a great font for your license plate holder.

Fail!… Read the rest

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I Loath Algerian Font Day #8

Posted on 11. Mar, 2010 by .

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I snapped this shot while driving in San Antonio this past summer. Of all the beautiful fonts in the world to grace the side of your truck (or end) why chose this overused font?… Read the rest

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I Loath Algerian Font Day #7

Posted on 02. Mar, 2010 by .

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IMG_0539Sometimes I forget about this eternal series I’m doing. I can’t believe I’m only on #7. Last week I did number 6 although I didn’t name it.

I saw the Good News Journal last week and that infamous Algerian A popped out at me. If this Christian sub-culture newspaper wasn’t already tacky enough, just add a little Algerian to your header. I know I’m being mean, but in this picture I’ve found two things that drive me nuts.… Read the rest

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A little Algerian hate in Louisville, KY

Posted on 24. Feb, 2010 by .

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IMG_0445It’s been a while since I’ve posted in my Algerian series. In case you’re new to this blog, Wikipedia has sited Childrens Ministry Online as a “hate site” for the Algerian font. Check it out.

So this sign was on Bardstown Road across from the coffee shop Sam Luce and I hung out with Jarred Kennedy and Tony Kummer. Come on Bardstown Road. You’re eclectic, creative and unique. Why’d you go and use Algerian. This just took you down a notch in my book.… Read the rest

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I Loath Algerian Font Day #5

Posted on 07. Jun, 2009 by .

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Before the Orange Conference I hung out in Atlanta for a few days with my parents. One day we hiked Stone Mountain. In the gift shop were all kinds of tacky things to buy. One of them happened to be this train whistle.

img_2244I’ve got a couple of problems with this gift store item. First of all, I’m at the Stone Mountain gift shop. Why are they trying to sell me a riverboat whistle? Did I miss something? Where was the riverboat? I just finished climbing a giant slab of granite, the last thing I want is a riverboat whistle.

I know, I know… my kids will. I just think it’s tacky product placement. I’m sure if they could sell stuffed piranhas, they would make a boatload of money too.… Read the rest

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I Loath Algerian Font: I’m not alone

Posted on 07. Jun, 2009 by .

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It’s been a long time since I’ve posted an Algerian font in the wild. I did see one while in Atlanta last month and was getting ready to upload it when I discovered something. I noticed a link coming into this blog from Wikipedia. Hmmm, what is Wikipedia linking to on my blog? Click here to see.

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The Wikipedia entry for the Algerian font has four cited sources. One of them is mine. The other three also trash the overuse of this font. I’m just glad I’m not alone.

One of the sources is a Flickr group dedicated to sharing photos of Algerian in the wild. It looks as if the guy in the group is European as most of the photos are from Europe.… Read the rest

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I Loath Algerian Font Day #4

Posted on 04. Sep, 2008 by .

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Now that I’ve made it a point to actually blog about Algerian, I’m amazed about how much more often I just happen to run into it. The day after I started this themed post, I went to dinner with my wife and my summer intern. We had a coupon for this local pizza parlor called Rome’s Pizza. It was a nice little place although their brand and image was a little confusing. On the door was was their logo, an image of the coliseum with Rome’s Pizza spelled out in a circular manner in “papyrus” font. (Papyrus is another overused font… big time. Of the overused fonts, I probably like it the most since it has a some character, but the fact that it’s so overused usually keeps me away from it most of the time.… Read the rest

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I Loath Algerian Font Day #3

Posted on 28. Aug, 2008 by .

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About six weeks ago I went to an office furniture store to purchase some school lockers. As I was walking into the store, I noticed this sign on the door. I was with my staff that knew about my “thing” with Algerian. I usually laugh to myself when I see it in the wild, but it’s more fun to share with others.… Read the rest

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I Loath Algerian Font Day #2

Posted on 22. Aug, 2008 by .

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A month or so after getting to Gateway, I found this sign posted in one of our tech booths. Just a few days earlier I told my intern about my distaste for this font. He cracked up when he noticed me finding this sign. Unfortunately, now a few of my staff like to make PowerPoint slides or documents for me to review with this font plastered all over it.… Read the rest

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