Font Madness: First Round (Handwriting Region)

What's the worst handwriting or script font ever? Welcome to this disaster-filled region of Font Madness — our month-long quest to crown the worst font ever. Let's get to the voting: 

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#1 Brush Script vs. #16 Palace Script MT

Brush Script vs. Palace Script MT
Why Brush Script Is The Worst

No, this is not fun and fancy. It’s cheap and rude. It stings the soul of anyone forced to lay unsuspecting eyes upon it’s cringeworthy clunkiness. Somewhere in the world there is a bakery that uses Brush Script and Lucida Calligraphy together on the same menu and I will never eat at that bakery.

Why Palace Script MT Is The Worst

Nevermind the fact that a 44pt font appears as an 8pt font with this typeface, nothing cheapens up whatever faux-fancy masterpiece you're making faster than a few words in Palace Script MT.

Voting for this round has concluded.

#8 Bradley Hand ITC vs. #9 Willona

Bradley Hand ITC vs. Willona
Why Bradley Hand ITC Is The Worst

Let us ignore the irony that are handwritten fonts for a second. This is just bad handwriting. Who gave Bradley is own font? C'mon, people.

Why Willona Is The Worst

Willona, you're taking the fall for the entire Millennial Wedding Script genre here. There's a new custom typeface popping up everyday that more or less looks exactly like this. You know the type. It's calligraphy with a dash of pumpkin spice latte.

Voting for this round has concluded.

#5 Mistral vs. #12 Amatic SC

Mistral vs. Amatic SC
Why Mistral Is The Worst

Never has a cursive font so obviously been computer type. But that won't stop people from trying. You know those insurance company letters you get in the mail that put a few words in red on the top of the envelope to make you think it's important and actually handwritten? It's not real. It's Mistral.

Why Amatic SC Is The Worst

If terrible fonts had a "Top Prospects" list, Amatic SC would be leading the charge. It has skyrocketed in overuse in recent years, primarily in the Inspirational Quotes On Foggy Pine Trees Background department.

Voting for this round has concluded.

#4 Chalkboard vs. #13 Apple Chancery

Chalkboard vs. Apple Chancery
Why Chalkboard Is The Worst that?

No, it is not Comic Sans. Someone actually spent the time to make a typeface that is allllmost Comic Sans, but not quite. I think that makes it worse.

Why Apple Chancery Is The Worst

It this is a script font? Is this a serif font? Is this a decorative font? Whatever it is, it is a bad font.

Voting for this round has concluded.

#6 Segoe Script vs. #11 Vivaldi Italic

Segoe Script vs. Vivaldi Italic
Why Segoe Script Is The Worst

We can thank Microsoft for popularizing this Mistral-inspired gem that allows people to believe they can design their own logos.

Why Vivaldi Italic Is The Worst

If you like illegible capital letters and unpleasantly distinct fake handwriting, Vivaldi Italic is your guy.

Voting for this round has concluded.

#3 Rage Italic vs. #14 Freestyle Script

Rage Italic vs. Freestyle Script
Why Rage Italic Is The Worst

I'll give Rage Italic this: it is appropriately named. It's been infuriating me for longer than I care to remember.

Why Freestyle Script Is The Worst

Freestyle Script is Adobe's best shot at obviously not fooling anyone into believing they're looking at handwriting. Even the default kerning leaves ugly gaps between the characters.

Voting for this round has concluded.

#7 Kristen ITC vs. #10 Noteworthy

Kristen ITC vs. Noteworthy
Why Kristen ITC Is The Worst

Oh, come on. You're better off taking a physical crayon and just haphazardly scribbling over your monitor than you are producing any material written in Kristen ITC.

Why Noteworthy Is The Worst

Yep, this is the font your Facebook friend from high school overlays in neon green on some pyramid sch—sorry, "multi-level marketing business opportunity"—product photo she's trying to shill.

No thanks, Kathy.

Voting for this round has concluded.

#2 Lucida Calligraphy vs. #15 Vladimir Script

Lucida Calligraphy vs. Vladimir Script
Why Lucida Calligraphy Is The Worst

Lucida Calligraphy is under-the-radar terrible. It hides behind public punching bags like Comic Sans hoping you won’t notice it’s egregious use on the entire PTA Bake Sale flyer. We see you now, you fraud. How do you sleep at night calling yourself calligraphy?

Why Vladimir Script Is The Worst

If people confuse you for Palace Script MT, you're not in a good spot. 

Voting for this round has concluded.

Polls for this round close at 11:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 11.

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