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I thought this article from The Onion would be amusing to Typophile readers.

I have to say that, while it's kind of funny, the piece misses the mark in several respects. While Times New Roman is overused and plain, I don't think many find it as offensive as, say, Comic Sans MS, ITC Garamond, or Helvetica. Also, the selection of "Cheltanham" [sic] as the font of choice seems wrong, unless you're a stuffy Easterner who reads nothing but The New York Times. :-)

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They corrected the spelling. They seem more on the ball than Computer Arts ;-)

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Helvetica? Offensive? You, sir, are a cad. Just kidding, I understand your humour, but that is a beautiful typeface, with a great history. Now, Arial, THAT is offensive, especially capital R, drives me nuts.

Tim

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Personally I can't stand the sight of Times Roman and can't wait for it to die and be buried. I think it's a poor and amateurish design no matter who really designed it. Paul Hayden Duensing hates Cheltenham (similar reasons). He will even (mock) complain if someone says "Cheltenham" around him.

George
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The Onion has been including "Type Humor" in their satire for some years now; the "Fonty awards", etc. They seem to have a bemused attitude about fonts in general, so don't expect them to get the details right. I missed an opportunity last year to meet Onion writers at a cocktail party. I always wish I had gone there and pestered them with a lot of unsolicited detail about fonts and terminology. But then they might have simply concocted a story about a disgruntled typographer mowing down a roomful of Helvetica users anyway.

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One of my friends writes for the Onion, what a job!

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Hey, that's pretty good, they did correct the spelling of "Cheltenham"!

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>Personally I can’t stand the sight of Times Roman and can’t wait for it to die and be buried.

Sorry to break it to you George, but it will very likely end up the other way around.

Cheers, Si

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Anyway, ITC Garamond isn't as bad as it's made out to be. The condensed weight is actually kind of cool (Apple's old signature font was derived from it). I predict it will make a comeback in the next few years, as people start to yearn for 80s typography again. The fact that people are ripping at it right now is a sure sign of this. And yes I use it from time to time. I think it goes down well with people who remember the 80s fondly - nostalgia potential.

And Helvetica is great. Such versatily and such cool urbane elegance. I especially like the bold and the ultra light weights, but they're all great.

Comic Sans is, of course, an abomination. I like Cheltenham, I think it's cosy.

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ITC Garamond isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be

Stefan, did you miss the great ITC Garamond hatefest at www.designobserver.com? Recommended reading if you are unaware of it ; )

I feel about ITC Garamond the way George feels about Times New Roman, although Si is totally correct – both the good and the bad typefaces are much, much longer lived than we are.

Clearly you are just fishing around for impassioned responses by making such provocative statements – nostalgia is for the weak-minded, and the prospect of an ITC Garamond revival is frankly pathetic. I remember parts of the '80s fondly enough, but that awful ITC style had nothing to do with it…

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>Sorry to break it to you George, but it will very likely end up the other way around.

Hope this didn't come across as being harsh on George. I think we'll all be dead and burried and our children's children too before we see TNR put to rest.

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A couple of years back I changed from Helvetica Neue to Utopia (on my résumé) as I was convinced Helvetica was scaring people and I needed something more prosaic.

What it did mean was that I could go to town with Small caps, hanging figures etc. However nice as it is, I think its time to change to something new...

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Sorry to break it to you George, but it will very likely end up the other way around.

But I thought all I had to do was believe real hard and click my mouse three times. That won't work?

So I'll have something to complain about in my old age besides old age.

Hope this didn’t come across as being harsh on George. I think we’ll all be dead and burried and our children’s children too before we see TNR put to rest.

Oh, the horror.

George
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no problem, I've been providing unsolicited reality checks since 1998

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Context!
Personally, I've looked down at a rusume based on typeface; if it's a job where knowledge of various typefaces is relevant.

If you're applying for a job where knowledge of typography is not important, the industry defaults should suffice. I suppose that making those look nice is sii's job.

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> But I thought all I had to do was believe real hard and click my mouse three times. That won’t work?

No, one click inserts, two clicks highlights the word, three the line, four the paragraph, five the story ... hmmm, probably have to click six or seven times to highlight your entire life.