Category Archives: Type Issues

NBC Universal in trouble with fonts again

It seems that NBC Universal is in hot water again concerning unauthorized use of fonts.

According to the Hollywood Reporter article, Brand Design alleges that its records show NBCU subsidiary Oxygen Media purchased a “basic, 36 workstation (users) license to use the CHALET typeface font software.”

While they had a basic license, they did not have the rights to use the typeface on their websites, and used Font Squirrel’s utility to convert the font for web use.

NBC Universal is being sued for $3.5 for allegedly breaching copyrighted font software on the its websites.

Read more about this story here.

Can Comic Sans make you smarter?

Comic Sans has more than a few detractors, but according to this article, it may improve learning.

The article claims that harder to read fonts significantly improve readers ability to remember the content of material they read. It goes further to say that easy to read fonts could make your brain lazy.

Something tells me that this won’t silence any of the typeface’s critics. But as a designer, I am going to find an “ugly” alternative to Comic Sans as soon as possible.