Font Police is patrolling the world for bad typography. We issue misdemeanours for spelling mistakes and lengthy sentences in our criticisms.

This is a light-hearted humour site, with no offence intended. Send ideas to submissions@ followed by fontpolice.org.
The pen is mighty Spacing is important. (Found via Facebook; hat tip to Tess Patrick.)

The pen is mighty Spacing is important. (Found via Facebook; hat tip to Tess Patrick.)

Ten pounds of mice If your logo is based around a letterform, be aware of how words can appear next to it.

Ten pounds of mice If your logo is based around a letterform, be aware of how words can appear next to it.

Breaking news All caps are not ideal. Even worse: artificially condensing your type makes it hard to read, as in this announcement from the Murdoch Press.

Breaking news All caps are not ideal. Even worse: artificially condensing your type makes it hard to read, as in this announcement from the Murdoch Press.

Plan ahead Always ensure that the typeface you choose fits correctly into the space you have.

Plan ahead Always ensure that the typeface you choose fits correctly into the space you have.

Mixed messages The three lines of Arial Black are not centred properly—how could they get this wrong? And the task that you have to pay $2 for seems extremely unpleasant, but at least they supply the bowls. Always be wary of signs in Arial Black.

Mixed messages The three lines of Arial Black are not centred properly—how could they get this wrong? And the task that you have to pay $2 for seems extremely unpleasant, but at least they supply the bowls. Always be wary of signs in Arial Black.

Breaking news in England Maybe Comic Sans is appropriate for the headline of the day if this is the biggest news in North Devon. Marks off for falsely condensing it.

Breaking news in England Maybe Comic Sans is appropriate for the headline of the day if this is the biggest news in North Devon. Marks off for falsely condensing it.

Too many type families A reader submission: mixing Arial, Caslon, and Helvetica isn’t ideal. If you get the day wrong, you probably shouldn’t use a pen to make it the 18th. In case you didn’t see that it’s this Sunday on the original sign, someone has very helpfully added an unkerned, all-cap This Sunday in Futura Condensed on two cut-up pieces of A4. We are at least grateful that no type has been falsely condensed or slanted on this sign from Wellington, New Zealand; nevertheless, it remains hard to read.

Too many type families A reader submission: mixing Arial, Caslon, and Helvetica isn’t ideal. If you get the day wrong, you probably shouldn’t use a pen to make it the 18th. In case you didn’t see that it’s this Sunday on the original sign, someone has very helpfully added an unkerned, all-cap This Sunday in Futura Condensed on two cut-up pieces of A4. We are at least grateful that no type has been falsely condensed or slanted on this sign from Wellington, New Zealand; nevertheless, it remains hard to read.

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Keep it consistent Unless there is a specific reason, e.g. a drop or initial cap, capitals should not be set at a greater point size than the rest of the text.

Keep it consistent Unless there is a specific reason, e.g. a drop or initial cap, capitals should not be set at a greater point size than the rest of the text.

Not hot Why has Masterfoods (or MasterFoods, if you must use intercaps) changed a typographically acceptable label for the false small caps on the right? The C looks heavier than the rest of the word Chilli—this is one of the worst changes we have seen in mainstream FMCG packaging for a while. Photographed by Tanya Sooksombatisatian and used with permission.

Not hot Why has Masterfoods (or MasterFoods, if you must use intercaps) changed a typographically acceptable label for the false small caps on the right? The C looks heavier than the rest of the word Chilli—this is one of the worst changes we have seen in mainstream FMCG packaging for a while. Photographed by Tanya Sooksombatisatian and used with permission.