August 29th, 2008 | Tags: fonts
I’m wondering why the clocks in Unit 2 of the CS building at Wisconsin use the MICR font. Are there that many check-processing machines from the mid-1960s that need to be able to tell what time it is in the department? Is the clock face printed in magnetic ink? Was it too expensive to license a slightly less inappropriate face, like Comic Sans or Papyrus? Should they have gone with OCR-A, instead, to allow a readily-available fancy clock option?
When you consider that these clocks were probably approved by a committee — and that there are almost certainly laws and regulations governing the appearance of clocks in state buildings — their bizarre design is even more baffling.