Whilst catching the bus up to North London for work this morning, I saw some advertising for the tourism board of some far eastern country—besides the point really. What bugged me was they’d set the copy in DIN, a fairly widely used font, and smack bang in the middle was possibly the uggliest @ character created for a typeface ever.
I think it’s fair to stay it’s a pretty catastrophic error. Look at it, it’s so ugly. It doesn’t even barely resemble an @ sign. In fact here’s a list of things it does look like;
A headless zombie
A man from above ready for a hug
A limp lowercase d
A rat peaking out a whole
A fat pig front on
Just about anything BUT an @ sign
What are your thoughts?