The capital I and lowercase l look identical. This makes, for example, Kim Jong Il look like Kim Jong the second on many web pages. If illuminate, illiterate, or illustrate start a sentence, it looks like they start with three lowercase l’s. I find this annoying.
This is why sans serif fonts suck. Opinionated rant over.
It can be a problem, but really it almost never is. I’ve been seeing Kim’s name all over the board the past several days, and never felt confused. Of course that could be because message text shows up as Trebuchet and has a little curved footer on the
l. Your font may vary.
Serif type sucks because the serifs clog up on some monitors, and those weird g’s and a’s are just too complex to display cleanly at small sizes.
(Kidding. The are no bad type faces, just inappropriate ones. Although admittedly some fonts are only appropriate for conveying the idea of ugly and incompetent.)
Is there a font that’s only mostly sans-serif, except where it relieves ambiguity? I like the clean look of Arial, but it would be nice if a capital i had the little bars on top and bottom, and a number 1 had the little hook on top. And maybe a slash in the number zero to differentiate it from the letter O.
Clearly you’re an exception, as at least one of the Republican candidates for president was quite confused. What’s even more hilarious is that George W. made exactly the same gaffe during his campaign.
Eye work with a software app where Lots of variabLes begin with the Letter ELL, written in a Language that is case-insensitive. Eye initiated a tradition at the company of using CapitaL ELL instead of Lower-case eLL for aLL of these, which everyone eLse at the company picked up on.
In the city of BakersfieLd, CA., the downtown streets have Letters for names. But the street in between H and J is caLLed EYE Street.
Sure. Base Nine and Twelve is the first example I could think of off the top of my head. Moreover, as Baal Houtham mentioned, lots of designers have gotten in the habit of incorporating a finial onto the lowercase “l” DIN is a good example.
Regarding whether there are bad fonts or not, of course there are. The first one I tried designing in my Typography 1 class SUCKED (and I feel like I’m a halfway decent typographer).
Hi friedo. My comment was a joke, but also true. At least as true as the OP’s comment that “san serif fonts suck.”
If I wanted to illustrate an article about how some type designers don’t understand character spacing or visual flow or consistency of weight and attitude then the perfect headline font could well be what you might call a “bad” font. It would be exactly the right font.
However, a font can certainly be bad in that it doesn’t match the apparent ambitions of the designer, and has extremely limited applicability.