By Cory Doctorow at 10:59 pm Sun, Jan 10, 2010
(via Making Light)
Does evil know no mercy?!
Too little attention is paid to the DANGERS OF HELVETICA!
Putting the sans in comic sans:
Arial says “There is no way in hell I could ever afford Helvetica, but this is close enough and came free with Windows!”.
Comic Sans says “What’s Helvetica?”
I doubt that people who use comic sans will understand the joke and if they do, they would not wear this shirt because all they want is to appear friendly.
Rather than Arial, which is just different enough to Helvetica to avoid licensing issues, I’d have the name Helvetica set in Univers. I had to identify loads of different fonts in a previous life; the Letraset catalogue was a crucial resource. Univers is really identifiable by lowercase ‘y’ and ‘1’ so is perfect for this.
Now, where can I get a one-off teeshirt done…
Sweet. I can document that I have wanted one of these for a while: http://identi.ca/notice/5871987
Papyrus would have been better.
Agree with your sentiment — Comic Sans and Papyrus, both crimes against humanity. Now I’m going to go scrub my eyes out with some clean and neutral Vera Sans.
I totally know what I’m buying that snob at the print shop for Christmas next year.
Well I can feel the Peanuts-esque “ARRRG!” building inside, so I guess mission accomplished?
CAPTCHA Bonus: it was Named Typography <3
Hell yes, that’s offensive.
Ceci est Helvetica!
Poor execution. The proper way to piss off a type nerd is to write it in Arial, because Comic Sans is too obvious.
The Arial-set Helvetica T-Shirts have been done before at TypeCon2005. 95% of people didn’t notice it.
Arial would be unrecognizable to at least 99,9% of viewers and thus far more infuriating to those desgners who have, like me, developped a reflex of inspecting the small t, the big R or small a to see if it’s Arial, which nowadays mostly is the case…
@ Parvenu: Try this neat little flash game if you have a minute. It’s called Arial vs. Helvetica!
At first I :O !!!!!!
and then I :D ‘d
The original version of this gag was done in 1979 to promote ITC Garamond.
From his smile it looks like the guy has just seen his own shirt for the first time in a mirror.
An obvious t-shirt, but I like it. I say we worry about fixing peoples abhorrent English usage before we worry about typefaces. Can it really be that hard to differentiate between there, their and they’re?
oscar: v. impressive with the history knowledge!
I’m sure these guys won’t be impressed.
Indeed, I can’t believe I posted the Greece shirt instead of this treasure. (Actually, it was also from bustedtees, but I can’t find it there.)
I got it for my brother, and it never fails to cause people come up to him and explain to him how wrong his t-shirt is.
Thanks for the linklove! Ugliest Tattoos is here for all your “hating on bad typography and spelling” needs – :)
P.S: crazy! I had not yet read Johnny Blaze’s comment when I wrote mine….
Man, that makes my head hurt!
Want!! Funnier than Comic Sans written in Helvetica for some reason.
So, that’s the “Helvetica Scenario“!
it’s the Stroop effect in fonts! brilliant :)
Helvetica love is an existential conundrum.
Oh man, if I had worn this back in Typography my professor would’ve thrown me out!
Nice. I was also going to state that Papyrus would have been a better choice, but then I realized that Papyrus is so bad, any font-nerd would know immediately that I was messing with them.
On a similar theme: Busted Tees Greece shirt.
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