19 Jul 2016
Fonts are a necessary component of nearly every area of creative ministry. Whether it’s sermon graphics, worship lyrics, printed material, or images for the web, you’ll have to choose a typeface for your designs.
I’ve shared several articles with resources for great fonts (links below), but I thought it would go a long way to emphasize ones to avoid, as well.
Not all of these fonts are inherently awful, or even ugly, as much as they have just been overused. When a design element is seen everywhere for years and years, it becomes associated with the kind of places it’s been used. You don’t want your audience imagining garage sales, kid’s birthday parties, or office memos when they see your design.
If you’ve spent twenty minutes on a computer, you’ve probably used this font before. Papyrus is one of the few creative fonts that comes preloaded, so naturally it’s an easy go-to for beginners who need something cooler than Times New Roman. The problem is that people have been doing this for more than twenty years. It has been used everywhere…including places it didn’t belong. Since it has now become synonymous with amateur design, it’s probably best to avoid altogether.
2. Comic Sans
People love to hate this font. In the design community, you could be having a conversation about nearly any font and someone will casually bring up Comic Sans being awful. Like Papyrus, this font has been used and misused in so many places that it’s now notoriously amateur. It comes off as tacky and childish. Avoid it at all costs. Even in kid’s ministry, I’d recommend finding other fonts that don’t have such a bad rep.
3. Brush Script
You may be starting to recognize a pattern here. If it comes stock on your computer, you should probably question it. Brush Script was designed in the early 1940’s and has come preloaded on computers since I can remember. It has been an easy choice for script fonts for non-designers and therefore has been considered exhausted for some time. With so many brush fonts now available at low costs, there are plenty of alternatives to use instead.
The name says it all, right? You want your designs to make an impact, so this must be the perfect font! It’s true, this font can be super easy to read and great for grabbing the attention of readers. However, it has now been so overused that it’s left unable to make an impact at all. Also, most designers agree that this font is too thin and amateurish to stand out. Avoid it and opt for an alternative font choice.
Where Can I Find Good Fonts?
I couldn’t leave you hanging with only bad news. Here are some resources where you can find some quality fonts that will make your project look great!
What Do You Think?
Have you used any of these fonts in your designs?
Let us know by leaving a comment below!