All Roads Lead To Times New Roman

times new romanThis past week has been slightly less stressful (hectic, chaotic, crappy, emotional and generally sucky) than the one before.  The week before was one of those weeks that proved, on a daily basis, my theory about worst case scenarios.  Things just kept getting worse.  And while I didn’t see my parents having sex, that is pretty much the only positive thing that I can say about it.

I won’t go into details about the numerous crappy things that happened, for fear of running out of Internet, but I will tell you one story.  A colleague of mine sent me an email.  And it was the last straw for me that day.  The backstory on my colleague:  her desk is to the left of mine, I like her a lot and she’s got fabulous shoes (or maybe that should read “she’s got fabulous shoes and I like her a lot”? Whatever…I digress and the point is we get along very well).  But then she sent me the memo.

The content of the memo was insignificant – I don’t even remember anymore what it was about.  What I couldn’t believe, couldn’t wrap my eyes around, was that in this day and age – in the 21st freakin’ century – she wrote the memo using Times New Roman.  I couldn’t hold back.  I told her that I loathed  Times New Roman and that, in future, she should refrain from ever using it again.  Even our graphic standards state that Arial should be used in all corporate communications.  (Did I mention that I wrote the graphic standards?)  In the end, she cried, promised never to use it again and begged my forgiveness.  Fine, so she just laughed at me and said “Arial is so lame, but whatever”.  It’s called creative license, OK?

If you Google Times New Roman + ugly, you will get 251,000 hits.  Type in I hate Times New Roman and you get 1,040,000 hits.  Hate Times New Roman gives you 52,100,000.  I may be obsessive (alright I hear you!), I am obsessive and picky and neurotic.

But at least, I am not alone. 🙂

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  • mikewj at toomanymornings

    You definitely are not alone, Nicky. Where I work, the font that shall not be named is the font of choice for nearly everything we produce. Graphics are generally considered “unprofessional,” unless they're charts, graphs or maps that are nearly impossible to read, let alone understand. I have struggled to change things, but I'm afraid they're going to win, that one morning I will wake up, get dressed, go to work, sit down at my computer, start typing a memo, and then select….well, let's just say it's too horrible to consider.

    Keep up the good fight, Nicky.

  • Hey! What are you doing over here? I had completely forgotten about this post until I got the notice it had a comment! Are you “roadtripping” around our blog?

    Thank you for your support, I will indeed keep battling the evil forces that refuse to give up their ugly fonts! And if you ever find yourself about to select the unnamed sin against mankind, just give me a shout and I'll “talk you down”. We must stick together and above all, we must never surrender!


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