December 19, 2007

Trajan: The hack designer’s friend

Trajan Trajan Trajan…”–it’s the Marsha Brady of fonts, at least when it comes to movie titles & posters.  Kirby Ferguson rips hack designers a new one in this very funny video.  Mark Hamburg quips, “If we want ‘cinematic’ UIs, then we obviously need to revise our typography…”

In other typography news:

Posted by John Nack at 1:26 PM on December 19, 2007


  • Dave Sizer — 2:15 PM on December 19, 2007

    Hey John, They got so sick of Trajan at the university of Kansas that they have a website . Kansas used to have a very recognizable letterform for all their athletic teams and last year they went thru and changed everything over to Trajan for a very bland, uniformed look.
    [Hah–that’s awesome! Thanks for the lead. –J.]

  • Lembit Kivisik — 4:29 PM on December 19, 2007

    The Web Fonts Test Suite looks nice, reminded me a couple of other useful resources on web type.
    Typetester — the Ultimate online tool, interactive widget (JS) for instant testing of web type.
    – The companion site to the book “CSS, DHTML, & Ajax visual quickstart guide” offers a handy PDF of browser safe fonts as a free download.

  • J. Peterson — 2:45 AM on December 20, 2007

    Trajan bashing seems to be a popular hobby.

  • Osku — 3:52 AM on December 20, 2007

    There’s also a Trajan movie called ‘Etched in stone’ on

  • Medvedev — 8:58 AM on December 20, 2007

    Trojan bashing should be a popular hobby!

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