The Mario Blog

06.19.2018—5am    Post #7848
Type attacks: trendy for ads?

Two type attacks in one edition of The Wall Street Journal Monday: but I see them all over the place, and not just in the US.

The type attack is back.

Not that it ever left.

As I read The Wall Street Journal Monday during a flight from Tampa to New York City, I was surprised to see these two type attack ads.? One of them, for Verizon, running two pages across.

Type attacks have been around forever, and they can be very effective when there is no illustration to go with the content of the story—or ad!

Ironically, these type attacks are seldom seen on the screen of a phone, so it is safe to assert that type attacks have not made the transition to digital very successfully. It would be fun to try them there.

For now, take a look here. This is Verizon, a two pager, in a broadsheet format:



And here is one for Google Cloud, single page:

Our previous blog posts on type attacks:

Type attacks can come to rescue of that front page


The type attacks of summer


Mario’s Speaking Engagements



August 2, Digital House (Facebook workshop), Buenos Aires

October 6, 20, 27–King’s College, New York City

The Basics of Visual Journalism seminars


Garcia Media: Over 25 years at your service

TheMarioBlog post #2863


The Mario Blog