Right/wrong justified

March 1st, 2009 · 57 comments

Attention graphic designers: perhaps you should think about making passive-aggressive notes a standard part of your corporate identity package? At the office of our anonymous submitter in Utrecht, the employees had to make matters into their own hands.

Dear all: Please put your name on your foods & drinks, otherwise it will be thrown away (no joke)


Dear Colleagues, please make signs in Georgia black, ragged right, roman or italic only. Otherwise they will be removed. (also no joke)

P.S For only $10, Lure Design will help satisfy both your typography fetish and your passive-aggressive nature!

I promise I will never use Hobo, Comic Sans or Papyrus ever again

Or at Design Police, you can download your own visual enforcement kit for free.

related: Just severe enough
extra credit: georgia on my mind [inspiration bit]

FILED UNDER: office cop


57 responses so far ↓

  • #1   anglophile bang

    Georgia is clearly the font of choice of all discriminating sign (and blog) designers.

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Ti O bang

      Georgia on my mind.

      Mar 2, 2009 at 9:23 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Kristen

    Love this. LOVE THIS!! I’m a graphic designer and I can’t tell you the sigh of relief that came from me when I saw the second note. The first one made me feel all stabby.

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   amoi

    I cracked up reading “legible from space” and “microscope required.”

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Canthz_B bang

    Font snobs of the world untie!

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   se

      untie what?

      Mar 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Canthz_B bang

      I just thought that a frivolous argument deserved an equally frivolous response.
      That, and I’ve got nothing on this one! :-)

      Mar 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   claw71 bang

      Untie RB’s mom, before she shits the bed again!

      Mar 2, 2009 at 12:54 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   MAMARILLA2 bang

      The constitution clearly states that we have the right to choose whatever font we want, whenever we want it. Even if its in bad taste or illegible. The rally will be held at the Macay hall on campus, please bring your own signs.

      Mar 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   thrall38

    Clearly if there are no joke (is no jokes?), there is no sense of humors to go with the foods…

    Mar 2, 2009 at 12:19 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    Do I still have to pay taxes if my name is thrown away?

    Mar 2, 2009 at 12:33 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Flaboy2425

    Why should I change the name of my potato chips? I don’t think they would want to be called Karl Schloshburger.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 12:58 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Canthz_B bang

      Beats the hell out of Bon Ton…but Lays is a pretty cool name if you can back it up!

      Mar 2, 2009 at 1:03 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Lorelie

      Wouldn’t it hurt to stick your dick in a bag of Lays?

      Mar 2, 2009 at 9:27 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   Flaboy2425

      I can see the headline now.
      “Canthz. B Lays Chip”

      Mar 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   Canthz_B bang

      Clearly, someone had trouble interpreting where the names go. :???:

      The bag of Lays would be doing the “Laying”, which is why it would have to live up to the name…or be called Bon Ton, or even Karl Schloshburger.

      Mar 3, 2009 at 11:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    Georgia blacks are no different than anyone else. Okay, so they’re a bit ragged, right? But Romans were Italian, not Italic.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 1:14 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Ti O bang

      What did the Roman Italics say when they read this note?
      “Hey why don’ta you pica on somebuddy youra own size-a”

      Mar 2, 2009 at 9:22 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   Ida Knowe

      Love it (No Joke)

      Mar 3, 2009 at 10:48 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   100indecisions

    Wow.

    I’m kind of in love with that Design Police thing, though. If I ever run an office, I’m gonna use it constantly.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:48 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   QuarterRoy00 bang

    3 fonts walk into a bar.

    The bartender says, “Hey, we don’t serve your type here…”

    Mar 2, 2009 at 6:31 am   rating: 45  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Jantien

    Aaaargh, font choices…

    See also:
    http://drawn.ca/2008/10/20/typocalypse-what-your-fonts-say-about-you/

    Mar 2, 2009 at 7:17 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Woman on the Verge bang

    Hello, my name is D and I am a font abuser.

    I admit to making my passive agressive signs in many and varied fonts, even going as far as using Word Art *collective gasp* to make them eye catching and pleasing to look at.

    Okay, not really, but can you imagine the 12 steps? Sure you can… Fire away!

    Mar 2, 2009 at 7:33 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Holiday Djinn

    Helvetica or FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mar 2, 2009 at 7:41 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   leftfoot

      I’m sorry, but I’m on Verdana’s side of the argument.

      Mar 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   amy d bang

    If my name was All, I wouldn’t label my food or drinks, either. It could get confusing.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 7:59 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Lorelie

    Papyrus? What’s wrong with papyrus?

    *peers at my side bar. gulps.*

    But I totally get a pass on whatever it is, ’cause I’m not actually a designer, right? Plus, I have boobs. That should help.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:26 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   mamason bang

      Boobs always help.

      Mar 2, 2009 at 11:37 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   Ti O bang

      Boobs! :shock:

      *Hypnoboobmatized*

      Whatever you want…

      Mar 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   you suck at craigslist

    I love Georgia. It’s my default font. Folks in my department know when I’ve written something because I’m the only one that’s changed my default font from Times to Georgia. (That, and because it’s good.)

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:48 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   chelsea

    my sick obsession with fonts has come to light. this is the BEST passive-aggressive note post ever.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:06 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   MAMARILLA2 bang

    Will Vince or Billy Mays be hawking the Sticker set on the tube any time soon?

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:23 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Ti O bang

      You’re going to love my stickered nuts!

      Mar 2, 2009 at 10:46 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   Holiday Djinn

      Order in the next 20 minutes because you know we cannot do this all day. . . ..

      Mar 2, 2009 at 11:22 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   MAMARILLA2 bang

      If you order in the next 20 minutes we’re going to double our offer, You’ll get more ways to make your fellow employee feel like a complete loser.

      Mar 2, 2009 at 11:31 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.4   Lorelie

      Order in the next 20 minutes and we’ll send you a FREE CD full of clip art, the better to decorate your PA notes!

      Mar 2, 2009 at 11:35 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.5   Ti O bang

      …and if you mention you saw this ad we are going to throw in this bonus uncensored clip art pack but you have to mention the tv promotion code.

      Mar 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.6   MAMARILLA2 bang

      This will never be offered in stores, Don’t miss the opportunity.

      Mar 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.7   plausibletheories bang

      Made in Germany! You know the Germans always succeed in passive-aggression!

      Mar 3, 2009 at 1:35 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   schmutzi

    so much fuss about fonts that nobody noticed that UTRECHT was spelled wrong in the original post?

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:51 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   mamason bang

    If loving comic sans is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:07 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   wilkeson

      Ha, I was just about to post that the best P.A. response to that second note would be to put one up in comic sans.

      Mar 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   claw71 bang

    I’ll use whatever the fuck font I want. Except here. The font tags aren’t working. did ERAC lock those out? Dirty bastard.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   anglophile bang

      I think green Courier makes for a refreshing change at times.

      Although I do like Georgia quite a bit.

      Mar 2, 2009 at 1:01 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   Ti O bang

      Show off!

      Mar 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.3   mamason bang

      My sentiments exactly, Timo!

      Mar 2, 2009 at 7:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   claw71 bang

    The Ballad of Comic Sans

    I’m just a font, yeah I’m only a font.
    You can use me for whatever you want.
    I was created in the 90s, to give you a lift
    but my widespread abuse created this rift
    and now I’m something people want to ban
    I hope that the dismay goes away but today I am still a font you don’t want.

    It’s not my fault I was once your signature script
    on those iWon.com message boards before one day you were ripped
    for coming off like a child with a crayola in a kung fu grip
    it’s a trip.

    Do you hate your leg warmers too?
    How about the Vanilla Ice CD you keep pretending to forget to throw away?
    Did the Zubazz pants you wore to the gym in 1992 make you gay?
    What did you say?

    What about that Betamax tape deck in your rec room?
    You really thought you were ahead of the boom.
    Then VHS went nuts and you couldn’t even sell that Beta version of the Richard Chamberlain raiding King Tut’s tomb.
    Do you hate him too?

    Am I to blame for you leaving me selected as your default?
    Did I ruin your chances to get that job or was I just the salt
    on the shit sandwich you called a resume?
    Eh?
    Maybe the humorous script made your stint guessing weight at Kings Island
    seem more in tune with your career path.
    So why do I face your wrath?

    You did the Macarena. Don’t even try to lie
    You loved Rachel Ray and you chose to date that biker guy.
    Did the college cafeteria endure a scene
    because you packed on that Freshman 15?
    Does Joe Camel owe you a his sorrow
    because you keep promising to quit tomorrow?

    Why then, must I endure your scorn?
    I’m not drugs and I’m not porn.
    I’m just one of many ways for you to express;
    it’s not my fault if you fail to impress.
    Ban me if you must, I’ll just go away
    but the shame you feel will always stay.
    It’s not Comic Sans costing you your respect,
    but rather that empty bulb on top of your neck.

    Yeah, I’m a font. I’m only a font.
    I communicate whatever you want.
    Blame me for your problems, I’ll carry that weight
    but nobody out there is taking the bait,
    because they all know you’re a buffoon
    I said that ‘cause it’s true; what are you gonna do?
    I’m a font.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   TPS

    I knew of someone who wrote all her college essays in Pooh font. Not suprisingly, she became a preschool teacher.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Josh

    THIS is no joke: the software company I work for actually uses Comic Sans IN THE SOFTWARE INTERFACE. This isn’t software for children–it’s FOR ENGINEERS. WTF WTF WTF WTF!!!!!! Thank you.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   mamason bang

      Just as I’ve always suspected… People that prefer comic sans are genii!

      Mar 2, 2009 at 7:26 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   claw71 bang

    Not that it’s the best font for printing, but I’m rather partial to helvetica. It just melts so evenly in the microwave and my queso dip would be a greasy mess without it.

    Of course if I’m trying to impress guests such as the Algerian and my old buddy Poor Richard I like to put out a tray with some Haettenschweiler and a few slices of Calibri. And of course, no party is complete without a case or two of Goudy Old Style. Nothing wrong with Goudy Stout, but that’s pretty heavy for social drinking.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Sensei

    Children with reading difficulties find sans serif fonts easier.
    Anyone writing to you in comic sans assumes you are stupid, thus making it the most perfect of all the passive aggressive fonts.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Geek Goddess

    The lack of margins on note 2 hurts. I refuse to use Georgia for my PANs until the note is reposted with margins. It does seem appropriate to print PANs in a font that was designed for on-screen use, though. I give them points for that.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Woman on the Verge bang

    I am here to tell you all that the absolute best font ever is……

    Dimestore Hooker.

    Mar 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Geek Goddess

      But with the economy the way it is, can anybody really afford it?

      Mar 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
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