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

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Das boot The irregular spacing, plus the terrible typeface choice, on the boot lid (trunk to our US readers) of this car in Germany, alerted us. Note how there is a space between nur and aus, but not between any of the other words. It’s neither clever nor attractive. Found via Facebook.

Das boot The irregular spacing, plus the terrible typeface choice, on the boot lid (trunk to our US readers) of this car in Germany, alerted us. Note how there is a space between nur and aus, but not between any of the other words. It’s neither clever nor attractive. Found via Facebook.

Dodge-y cop car An anonymous tip from Rutgers University. The word ‘Police’ isn’t on a real curved baseline, the letters are set at three different point sizes, and there’s some really awkward stretching going on. Conclusion: with type used this badly, this cannot be a real police car, so you can ignore it when you see it. The dot in rutgers.edu appears to have vanished.

Dodge-y cop car An anonymous tip from Rutgers University. The word ‘Police’ isn’t on a real curved baseline, the letters are set at three different point sizes, and there’s some really awkward stretching going on. Conclusion: with type used this badly, this cannot be a real police car, so you can ignore it when you see it. The dot in rutgers.edu appears to have vanished.

Repeat offender Woodstock Florist has already appeared in Font Police but some offenders never learn. Using a typeface with placeholder Latin characters doesn’t really help legibility, nor does using full stops to separate words, though this isn’t as bad as its earlier offence. We’re overlooking the Comic Sans. Found by LaQuisha Redfern, submitted via Twitter.

Repeat offender Woodstock Florist has already appeared in Font Police but some offenders never learn. Using a typeface with placeholder Latin characters doesn’t really help legibility, nor does using full stops to separate words, though this isn’t as bad as its earlier offence. We’re overlooking the Comic Sans. Found by LaQuisha Redfern, submitted via Twitter.

Spaced out We are imagining really bad letterspacing. And it’s here! Reported to the Font Police by Peter Svensk at the Knott’s Scary Farm website. We suppose it could be interpreted as scary—if we lived in a world where everyone spaced like this.

Spaced out We are imagining really bad letterspacing. And it’s here! Reported to the Font Police by Peter Svensk at the Knott’s Scary Farm website. We suppose it could be interpreted as scary—if we lived in a world where everyone spaced like this.

Native Thai It’s possible that this sign in Wellington, New Zealand looks more “native”, if you use an outmoded colonial definition, with an upside-down N.

Native Thai It’s possible that this sign in Wellington, New Zealand looks more “native”, if you use an outmoded colonial definition, with an upside-down N.

Wal-mart An eyewitness report sent in to the Font Police by Steve Williams, who writes: ‘Printing on aluminium cans is not precise, causing the loss of separation between letters.’ It’s a good reminder than when setting smaller sizes, more tracking should be used.

Wal-mart An eyewitness report sent in to the Font Police by Steve Williams, who writes: ‘Printing on aluminium cans is not precise, causing the loss of separation between letters.’ It’s a good reminder than when setting smaller sizes, more tracking should be used.

No soliciting Another example of the varying levels of electronic condensing, and how ugly this makes the sign. We understand why one would have a taller first line, but a condensed cut should have been used. The final line, meanwhile, should be optically centred. Arial Black is a poor typeface choice in any case.

No soliciting Another example of the varying levels of electronic condensing, and how ugly this makes the sign. We understand why one would have a taller first line, but a condensed cut should have been used. The final line, meanwhile, should be optically centred. Arial Black is a poor typeface choice in any case.

Do not feed hallucinogens to the sign-maker This sign was not well planned. Here we have Linotype Helvetica Bold in different widths, with the amount of electronic condensing or expanding varying with each line other than the first two. A smaller point size should have been considered from the start, or Helvetica Bold Condensed should have been used throughout at a larger size.

Do not feed hallucinogens to the sign-maker This sign was not well planned. Here we have Linotype Helvetica Bold in different widths, with the amount of electronic condensing or expanding varying with each line other than the first two. A smaller point size should have been considered from the start, or Helvetica Bold Condensed should have been used throughout at a larger size.

(via 00sal)

Mismatched Surely it can’t be that hard to use a single typeface or typeface family here? We see Trajan, Adobe Garamond and Monotype Garamond with this sign at the Amora Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand.

Mismatched Surely it can’t be that hard to use a single typeface or typeface family here? We see Trajan, Adobe Garamond and Monotype Garamond with this sign at the Amora Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand.

Golly G Found by lunandroid: try not to substitute characters in a word with pieces of fruit.

Golly G Found by lunandroid: try not to substitute characters in a word with pieces of fruit.