goofy fontsDon’t use them

I once met a law­yer who had set his let­ter­head in a font called Stencil:

Who were his tar­get clients? Army-sur­plus stores? He ex­plained that he wanted some­thing distinctive.

Dis­tinc­tive is fine. Goofy is not.

From the top: no, no, no, no, and hell no.

Nov­elty fonts, script fonts, hand­writ­ing fonts, cir­cus fonts—these have no place in any doc­u­ment cre­ated by a law­yer. Save them for your next ca­reer as a de­signer of break­fast-ce­real boxes.

by the way
  • The rea­son these fonts per­sist is be­cause they’re in­cluded among the stan­dard sys­tem fonts. See the chart in that sec­tion for more nu­anced guidance.

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