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Boil the Lobster Font

Boil the Lobster Font

I swear to god, I loved this font in early 2013 and now it is everywhere and I want it to die.

The Lobster font is/was wicked cute. It’s got personality. It’s friendly. It reminds me of Pinterest.

But that’s the thing about fonts – their personality speaks for whatever it is they have been applied to. Lobster has been spread too thin and as a result has now become a bit generic. Let me show you what I mean.

I used Lobster in the 2012 personal annual report I produced January 2013. It’s the font on “Stephanie Evergreen’s” and “Annual Report.”

Stephanie Evergreen's personal annual report for 2012

In November 2013 I started seeing it eeeeeeeverywhere.

On the door to my kid’s taekwondo class:

LobsterSpace

Selling children’s bubble bath:

LobsterBath

On a wine label at Target:

LobsterWine

In my Twitter feed:

LobsterStaches

Selling Christmas meat:

LobsterChristmasSorry to say, Lobster has lost its vitality. No more.

Ok, rant over. Evergreen out.

5 thoughts on “Boil the Lobster Font
  1. Haley Beth says:

    I realize this isn’t the purpose of your post, but your last picture of the halal turkeys for Christmas strikes me as beyond hilarious. Halal foods are foods that Muslims are allowed to eat or drink under Islamic Shari’ah. So I’m thinking that they’re not going to want to eat a halal turkey to celebrate…Christmas.

  2. Ann K. Emery says:

    While investigating how to better evaluate community organizing: http://neworganizing.com/content/blog/annoucing-the-2014-data-trainings Sigh.

  3. Anne says:

    Signing up to follow your blog!

  4. Patricia Rogers says:

    Does this mean there’s an opening for the return of Comic Sans? ;-)

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