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If I could pick any font to kill it would be Comic Sans.

16 Jun

Comic Sans is the leading cause of cancer and car accidents.

Well not really.
But it may possibly be pretty high up on the list of pain infliction and the unsightly.

In 1995 Microsoft released the font Comic Sans originally designed for comic book style talk bubbles containing informational help text. Very wrong minimal. Fine, we can deal with just that.

Since that time, the typeface has been used in countless contexts from signage to essays to business information. This prevalent misuse of printed typefaces threatens to erode the very foundations on which centuries of typographic history have been built.
It’s now a designer’s nightmare. I mean, I get that font selection is a matter of personal preference but many people may disagree with this… It’s a matter of knowledge, experience and awareness.

Or something like that.
It’s just so obviously hideous and out of place in as much as 99.4% of situations. Actually make that 99.8%.

I know that they say – all fonts are like children, you have to love them no matter how ugly, but something went terribly wrong with this baby.
Today though, I was asked (yes seriously queried) what was wrong with Comic Sans… I mean, many people hate Comic Sans and it has pretty much become a fearful following, I paused for a second wondering if people even really got it, or just felt the need to hate it.

No one really asks why… you just do or you don’t. Black and white.
But hurry; if you don’t say you hate it people will assume you love it.

It doesn’t end there. Like the tone of a spoken voice, the characteristics of a typeface convey meaning. The design of the typeface is, in itself, its voice. Often this voice speaks louder than the actual font itself.

The misuse of Comic Sans is frequent and frequently unjustified. For a font that was designed for a comic book style of information – it conveys a childish naivety. An uncultured, unwanted flashback from the 90’s. Is this really what you want to put forward in a resume? Is it really what you want your clients to gather about your company?
For some reason so many people feel the need to use Comic Sans. They say “cool, comic sans is all I use.” But we hear: “I have absolutely no design sense, and hence I use this font almost all the time.”

Horrible. http://www.design-police.org/

There have been petitions against it, stickers that circulate the web and endles
s blogs about the nature and overuse of it. Cult following? Possibly. But it is good to know I am not alone in my dislike of the font.