5 lines you should stop using (and better alternatives)

There are a lot of fonts to choose from these days. You have fonts pre-loaded on your device, as well as a large selection available on the Internet. What font should you use? Let’s start with the fonts for you should not be use.

A quick note before we dive in: Technically, what most people refer to as “font” is actually called “typeface”. The term “typeface” refers to the shape of the letters, while the “font” is technically the file that contains those shapes. However, most people use these terms interchangeably, so we’ll stick with the word “font.”

Related: What is the difference between a font, a typeface and a font group?

no comic

no comic

You might not be surprised to see Comic Sans on this list. For a certain subset of people, this is the worst font ever created, and they would never dream of using it. However, many people love Comic Sans. I still see Comic Sans used a lot.

Comic Sans’ problem is twofold. For starters, it’s used too much, which creates the second problem: people don’t use it properly. Comic Sans is a fun, casual font, but sometimes it is used in more formal contexts. It can send mixed messages.

Comic alternatives

Related: The Origin of Sans Comics: Why Do So Many People Hate It?

Times New Roman

Times New Roman

This might be a little controversial, but I think Times New Roman has been played. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a totally cool font, but there’s also nothing special about it. There are better serif fonts out there.

Times New Roman is a very old font. People have been using it for “official” documents for a long time. It has become a very generic, cute, and overused font. There is no personality or character to it. Using Times New Roman sends a message that says “I don’t care what this looks like.”

New Romanian Times alternatives

Related: What do “Serif” and “Sans Serif” mean?

Papyrus

If I’m honest, I think papyrus might be uglier than Comic Sans. It’s hard to explain why papyrus is ugly, but a lot of people seem to agree with it. He’s even been the subject of an SNL sitcom with Ryan Gosling.

I’m not sure what feelings the sedge is trying to evoke. It’s not entirely casual, but it certainly isn’t official. It’s a bit childish, but not really fun. There is something comical about that, too. Papyrus looks cheap. You can do better.

alternatives to papyrus

Effect

If you’ve seen the meme online, you’ve seen the line Impact. This is exactly the reason why you should stop using this font that has been included in Microsoft Windows for many years.

Impact is a great line for when you want something bold and powerful. But, like Times New Roman, it has been available to everyone for a long time. Using Impact indicates that you spent a few seconds scrolling through the Microsoft Word fonts dropdown list.

effect alternatives

Related: What is a meme (and how did it originate)?

Helvetica

See, Helvetica is a very nice font. In fact, it’s a great line. It is probably one of the most popular fonts worldwide. However, this is not a good reason to use a font.

It seems that a lot of people use Helvetica just because it is Helvetica. “Everyone loves this font, so I’m going to use it.” But does it really fit what you’re using it for? Helvetica is not a one-size-fits-all font. There are plenty of other cool, clean, and simple fonts that you should have in your rotation.

Alternatives to Helvetica


Some fonts are quite ugly, others are so overused that they lose all characters. The thing you should know is that you have a lot of options. There is no reason to stick to the default fonts on your computer or the fonts everyone knows about. Find your personal favourites.

Related: How to install, remove, and manage fonts on Windows, Mac, and Linux