Juan R Labrada

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How to detect rubish fonts?

With so many free fonts, and especially for newcomers to design, it’s a daunting task selecting a font. There are many criteria to follow when selecting fonts, but for the untrained eye, deciding for one is very difficult. I depicted a very simple way to tell apart fonts that make bad work. See it in the article body.

When trying to see whether a font is bad you can use the following sequence of characters:
WAVONIMYALIMLOXOYFAKIYMURASOZIR
if the font is bad, you’ll see that the sequence seems to break at some points. Usually, W A V seems to be characters from a different word. Also, O X O. And the O Y sequence. There are other issues that appear depending on the font. For well-designed fonts, those characters seem to flow one onto the next. You might need to do additional checks on whether the font fits your purpose - for reading, accent, or heading, but in general, the font will look good.

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