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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.

How to decipher conflicting signs Only the upper sign is valid. The lower one is in a version of Helvetica Bold that is artificially condensed by 20 per cent and, therefore, can be ignored.

How to decipher conflicting signs Only the upper sign is valid. The lower one is in a version of Helvetica Bold that is artificially condensed by 20 per cent and, therefore, can be ignored.

Locum Via Reddit, with top image courtesy Ingvar Hallström. Be very careful when replacing characters with symbols, especially with sans serif typefaces where I and l can be confused.

Kubricked If forging a document purporting to be from 1970, choose a typeface that wasn’t designed in 1986. Also, don’t use smart quotes: an everyday typewriter wouldn’t have them.

Kubricked If forging a document purporting to be from 1970, choose a typeface that wasn’t designed in 1986. Also, don’t use smart quotes: an everyday typewriter wouldn’t have them.