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Yesterday I was strolling at a local summer festival with hundreds of vendors in their booths. I couldn't help observing graphics and pointing out many instances of the dreaded (to us) Comic Sans and Papyrus fonts (especially the latter) on logos and business cards, banners, adverts, etc.
I spotted an advert with BOTH! - a first for me. I know y'all will appreciate this. Here it is:
My husband has limited tolerance for my diatribes about unbearably overused fonts and says: "So what? As long as it looks nice." etc.
That troubles me because it is fundamental to my identity as an artist to value creativity and originality over banality and mimicry.
It got me thinking that many people don't recognized "overused" as a pointed criticism.
To them, if something is used a lot, that means it's popular. Popular = good = accepted standards = something I should do too = a feeling of belonging.
That explains the blank looks I often get when pointing out that something, anything, is unbearably overused.