Use of these fonts can lead to death of ones career as a graphics designer and total judging.
Comic Sans: This one is a given. Comic Sans is evil. There is no reason at all to use it. Period. Yet we see it constantly used as a font focused on the teacher/church/fun office activity crowd. Honestly, no self-respecting person who wants anyone to take them seriously should ever use Comic Sans for anything. It’s not cute. It’s not fun. Just stop.
TRY INSTEAD: Catholic School Girl or Cheri (but be warned, less is always more with these fonts).
Papyrus: For the “artistic” non-functional designer using Microsoft products to create their website (yes, I’m judging you), Papyrus serves to give an “ethnic” or “artsy” or “earthy” feel to one’s work. Not really. Papyrus is lame. It’s not funky. It doesn’t look authentic. There are better, more awesome fonts to choose from.
TRY INSTEAD: Rabiohead or Architext.
Lucid Handwriting: Another example of typographic blasphemy. Even in small doses, Lucida Handwriting is horrible. Totally illegible, it serves no purpose but to point out people with no desire to step outside out the box and those who may still be running Microsoft 98 or ::gasp:: Wordperfect.
TRY INSTEAD: Blackjack.
Arial: It’s just boring. So boring. That’s it.
TRY INSTEAD: Calibri.
Curlz: This one is a personal pet peeve, so please bear with me. But really, what the hell is the point of Curlz? Unless you were doing materials for a Jester’s Ball or a Circus, what purpose to your really have to use Curlz? I dunno, I just think that it’s pretty lame.
TRY INSTEAD: Abode.
Market Felt: Like Comic Sans, Market Felt is one of those “fun” little fonts that gets used when it’s time to make flyers for the Secretaries’ Christmas Party, or the Senior Class Fundraiser. It’s supposed to look witty and fun and creative, but really, it’s just lame and over-used.
TRY INSTEAD: Cool Dots.
What say you? Know of any other horrendous fonts that need to make the offenders list?