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Lobster is an expressive Script font – it’s one of my least favorite fonts of all time, but I know from my search engine optimization work, that it’s something that people want and search all the time. (Keyword research)
So to help you fine people that search this god-awful font (I’ll explain more about why I hate it and alternatives later in this post) – I’m providing you with the Lobster font free download here.
Why I Hate The Font Lobster:
- It’s wildly overused – I see this font on everything from Birthday cake candles, to bad brochures.
- It’s too expressive – When a fonts style is THIS DISTINCT, when it’s overused you can’t help but notice it. It’s not like Helvetica, Gotham, or Brandon Grotesque – who are used quite often (perhaps to often?) but still don’t grate on my nerves because they aren’t so obvious and when used they feel much more inconspicuous because they aren’t so loud! If you love simple, clean whitespace (like you grow to love as a designer) Lobster of the opposite of that. Lobster is the new Comic Sans.
- It feels clunky – I am not a font designer, so I could not likely make a better font than Lobster without a ton of practice – but there ARE a lot of great alternatives (I will share shortly) that are expressive script fonts but don’t feel so thick, slabby and kind of awkward like Lobster.
Examples of the Font Lobster in Use:
Little Red Cap – Book Cover Design with Lobster
Handlettering Using Lobster
Bullfinch Design (from ‘Against The Lobster Font Abuse‘)
Lobster Combination with Body Copy ‘Cabin Font’
A Little ‘On The Nose’ (With Other Problems Too)
Lobster Font Example on Website
Lobster is the new Comic Sans
Alternatives to the dreaded Lobster Font:
Wisdom Script – (Free Font Download)
Athenia – Lobster Font Alternative ($16 on Creative Market)
Thirsty Script Font ($49 for full font family)
The Pipetton Script Font ($14 Download)
The Austten Script Font ($20 Font Download)
Literally just unfollowed someone on Instagram for using the font Lobster
— Hook Agency (@HookAgency) January 16, 2018
Picking the Right Font for Your Website
An often overlooked part of your brand identity is the typeface and font you choose. To assist you in finding the perfect font for your digital presence, here are some helpful tips:
Find a font that fits well with your mission, values and product offering. You may be asking, how can a font do that? While it is tricky to find that perfect font for your brand, it can be done. Take a look at Apple’s or Lego’s websites and see how their font meshes well with their brand and the rest of their site. Apple’s font is modern and fits well with their product offerings, while Lego’s does the same with their creative, more fun-styled font.
Pick a Font that is easy to read. The more simple, the better. Once you think you’ve decided on a font, have others look at it and see if it is easy to read on your site.
Consider the psychology of a font. Yes, fonts can make people feel different emotions. Take a look at his helpful infographic courtesy of the CrazyEgg that talks illustrates the feelings certain fonts can convey.
5 Other Most Hated Fonts & Where to Use Them
If you love annoying graphic designers, alternate using these 5 fonts and these only.
Nothing says musty church basement pamphlet, than a font that was apparently built to simulate a weather-worn English language knockoff of some Hebrew text. Good for: 5th Grade Invitations, Small-town church pamphlets, A rollerblading party
For some reason this font has become disdained by designers with higher discerning tastes than mine. Recently Mike Monteiro in Design is a Job, asserted that it’s a common misconception that Copperplate is a legitimate typeface. Perhaps that it’s been overused and has a very distinct style, copperplate is going out of style. Common uses: Anything that’s suppose to be super-serious, a bank, your late invoice notification letter, a golden chalice.
3. Trajan Pro
This font was for some reason overused by movies of a decidedly epic slant, then was recycled by more epic movies with a lower budget, and now has been forever tainted by it’s association with those movies. What was once a perfectly OK font, is now somewhat unsalvageable, like Ludacris’s career after a Bieber collaboration. Good for: Epic movie trailer, Epic movie, and an epic movie trailer again.
How and why am I sneaking this one in here? The disdain people feel for Helvetica seems misdirected to me, but that doesn’t negate the fact that it has a serious set of detractors. Because Helvetica represents so much of the homogenization of our modern world… because it was used to help make design more unified and simplified, some people take the stance that it was a bad sign. Then again when the swiss used Helvetica to create a more simplified and unified design theory that was more function than fancy forms they probably thought they were rebelling against the more sprawling styles that came before them. Every generation rebels against the one before it, not knowing that the generation before them, fought tooth and nail to distinguish itself from another previous paradigm. Good for: Street signs, every logo that ever meant anything to anyone, Everything that you can’t think of a better font for so you just sneak it in and justify it with a sophisticated rant on the benefits of not standing out.
5. Comic Sans
The mother of all hated fonts. The original designer of comic sans said this about his creation. “A typeface is an answer to a question,” he tells me later. “Everything I’ve ever done is a solution to somebody’s problem.” The problem that Comic Sans solved concerned a short-lived Windows interface called Microsoft Bob. It featured a cartoon dog who spoke to computer users through speech bubbles. The words inside the speech bubble were rendered in Times New Roman, which didn’t look right to Connare. He thought a cartoon dog should talk like a cartoon character, in comic book writing. But the software package was about to ship – it had to be done quickly. Connare consulted several comic books, and drew his characters with a mouse to get the “wonkiness” he was looking for. “It only took about three days to get the basic font down,” he said. “You knew what you wanted.”
Unfortunately, Comic Sans outlived the dog it was designed for. It’s easy to pick on it’s silliness and it’s seeming irreverence. As designers, it’s also fun to have such a universal enemy. Good for: Use in a comic, as your logo font, in all of the work you’ll ever do for clients, bankruptcy paperwork
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