The future offspring of Macworld readers are in for a torrid time in the playground if the results of our latest poll is any guide.
Asked "Which font would you name a child after," the top choices were Arial (24 per cent), Geneva (18%), and Zapf Dingbats (12%). More disturbing was the choice of Linotype Univers Condensed Semibold Italic (9%).
Other readers opted for Helvetica (8%), Bembo and Cooper Black (both 7%). Fluted Serif and Hoefler Text Ornamnets were the least popular, receiving just 2 per cent of the vote. Another 14 per cent of readers were not grabbed by the choice of fonts provided, instead making suggestions in Macworld Online Forum.
Just as a baby names book gives the meaning of the names, Forum posters offered some font definitions of their own. Here are some of the best:
"Times, because it took many."
Souvenir, for an adopted child.
"Chigago, as its appearance gives everything a cool, futurist feel and it will be perfect when he becomes an actor."
"Gothic – they'd be an ugly one."
"Anything sans Serif, how would that look? A kid without serifs?"
"Shuriken Boy, for the real nerds."
"Chevara, for a rebel."
"Bookman Old Style, for more-conservative parents."
"Van Dijk, for someone with artistic leanings."
"Nimbus Condensed, for someone who aspires to be a weather forecaster.