The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 March 2008

A serious rival for Comic Sans

In the sense of "not being serious," anyway:

I finally found out the name of an annoying font: Scriptina. I see this thing everywhere and I hate it. Probably as much as Comic Sans. Scriptina screams ultra feminine chic that overshoots its goal for runway and lands into a warehouse filled with expired Valentine candy. It almost makes one want to take multiple shots of indecipherable grunge fonts to wipe it from the brain.

To test this, here's some text in Scriptina and some different text in FT Nihilist Philosophy:

I think she's made her case.

Posted at 8:28 AM to PEBKAC

Uh... I've used Scriptina in some of my design work. Always in a translucent color, backwashed behind more legible text, but still... does that make me annoying? Or just ultra feminine chic?

Posted by: GreenCanary at 9:03 AM on 25 March 2008

If it's just a design element, not the main text, I don't see a problem with it. But I'd hate to read more than a line.

I suppose you could be annoying if you wanted to; I figure "ultra-feminine" is a given.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:27 AM on 25 March 2008

Fonts are tools. Like any tool, they can be used in the right way, in the wrong way, and in horribly wrong ways.

For example: a student handing in a research paper written in that ugly loopy "ultrafeminine" font would be a horribly wrong way. Not just because it looks unprofessional but because it would lead to my plucking my own eyes out after the second page.

I wouldn't mind the font, though, as, say, the "header" on a menu for a tearoom or such.

Posted by: fillyjonk at 11:00 AM on 25 March 2008

Oooh, can I change my entire website to that font :)

Posted by: Lynne at 4:26 PM on 25 March 2008


Posted by: localmalcontent at 5:14 PM on 25 March 2008