Cheeky Type Sayings

HaleyFiege's picture

I want to make some buttons with some cheeky type comments on them. Things like:

When in doubt, use Caslon

Since this forum is cheek central I was hoping to get some intelligent discourse about Comic Sans and Dr.Who and Neville Brody's luscious locks.

blank's picture

Make a Comic Serif button. Or maybe a button for the more experienced typographers along the lines of “I was using ITC Anaa when Neville Brody had hair.”

paul d hunt's picture

"Hellwicha" in Helvetica of course >^p

Si_Daniels's picture

A few to get you started...

Brody’s decline… “Brody Bald Expanded”
Spiekermann on MS… “Bully, Bastard, Baddies” set in Arial

Comic Sans and BSG… “FRAK!” set in CS of course
On Typophile "Berlow, the Yoda of fonts you say?"

William Berkson's picture

From Chris Lozos' pun: "Carsonogenic Design". Should be visually layered to near illegibility.

paul d hunt's picture

I thought FRAK! would be more appropriate in Bank Gothic?

jupiterboy's picture

How about Calvin peeing on a lowercase Arial a in vinyl for those of us with pickup trucks. (Is this a thing outside of the south?)

Si_Daniels's picture

>Is this a thing outside of the south?)

Maybe post an image, on second thought...

paul d hunt's picture

yes, i've seen it all over NorCal with everything from "La Migra" to sports teams. or

i think this one wins tho:

Si_Daniels's picture

Mark Simonson's famous commentary on the font business as game show...

"Who wants to be a thousandaire?"

blank's picture

Is this a thing outside of the south?

Only where there are lots of frat boys.

Thomas Levine's picture

"Stop stealing sheep.", "I would steal sheep.", or "I steal sheep." in letterspaced blackletter. I like "I steal sheep." best of those three.

I want to make one of these buttons now.

jupiterboy's picture

i think this one wins tho:


oprion's picture

Born to Kern!
Personal Art and Design Portal of Ivan Gulkov

jupiterboy's picture

Will Kern for Food


Fibonacci Was Here

IDK if ^ is funny or not?

kegler's picture

Born to Kem!

For the screening of Helvetica, We did a series of Buttons that just said "Helvetica" in various script fonts.

will powers's picture

When I was an ad type director, I had a big sign in my cube:



david h's picture

Sabon: Bon Bons in the Bath

kristin's picture

I made up a bunch of square magnets with keyboarding tips.

One of them just said, "Option + shift+ right bracket" since people kept asking me how to get true qoute marks.

Also: "Improve your typography by degrees: option + shift + 8"

I had a bunch of other ones, but I can't remember them now and I nuked the file. Damn.

Ch's picture

the road to helvetica is paved with good intentions.

BlueStreak's picture

This is more cheesy than cheeky, but what the hey...

kristin's picture

Speaking of bad puns....

Dan Gayle's picture


I still have a bucketload of those! FontFont also had a bunch, if I remember. Actually, I think EVERYONE had pins with goofy font sayings on them.

russellm's picture


blank's picture

@dan: Goofy? I wear those pins in public now!

Si_Daniels's picture

James, I think Russell has a newer version of iBadge than you.


Dan Gayle's picture

I'm not saying that I don't have a "My quotes are well hung" or "May the font be with you" pin that I wear. But that doesn't make them not goofy. In fact...

dezcom's picture

How about "I'm with Comic Sans -->"


russellm's picture

Are you being bold?

Does this font make my 'A's look big?

If you can identify this font,
you're standing too close.

(they just get lamer as it gets later)


russellm's picture

How's my Kerning?


Ricardo Cordoba's picture

It's been done before, but...

Helvetica (set in Arial)

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Sabon c'est bon!

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

FontShop had a couple of great t-shirts at the San Francisco TypeCon...

One said "Your Type;" the other said "Semi Bold."

James Arboghast's picture

These are all film title flavoured puns I made up years ago and have been using ever since. You can use them Haley :^) Make some buttons and send me one of "Helvetica hath..." done in Akzidenz Grotesk!

Helvetica hath no fury --- like a woman scorned
Die Dieresis Die!
Don't Raise that Crossbar, Lower the Hyphen
Oh Brother, Where Art Downer?
Postscript Always Renders Twice
Throw Commaa from the Train
I'm a Victim of Circumflex

j a m e s

Ehague's picture

You could set certain band names in their (not quite) eponymous typefaces, such as Blur or The National.

jupiterboy's picture

expert set

Ray Larabie's picture

Bank Gothic written in Frak but I'm the only one who'll think it's funny.

Si_Daniels's picture

If you have to explain the joke...


Ehague's picture

Dan, your image reminds me of a Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards album cover:

Truly a missed opportunity to use a Bastarda.

ebensorkin's picture

Is this a thing outside of the south?

It's up here in Alaska with the Texans. My Question is: Is it in Mongolia?

jupiterboy's picture

I'll bet the peeing on is universal. Calvin? IDK.

Funny but not funny is how quickly these were replaced by Calvin kneeling at the cross after 9/11. I always wanted to do some Guerrilla work and replace these with a Betty Boop peeing on Calvin. It's just too much urine for anyone's good. How do these things even happen?

Hofweber's picture

i heart futura set in blackletter seems cute.

dberlow's picture two sents.

Si_Daniels's picture

Are the New Zealand colors intentional?

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