Comic Sans

October 27, 2007

A lot has been said about Comic Sans and I have a fairly strong view on it as well. It is possibly the most over used font that’s used most inappropriately that’s ever been designed. Some of this comes from Microsoft making it available in the system fonts, when it might have been better locked away and used only for the interface it was designed for – MS Bob.

It’s use in printed materials at type sizes that it wasn’t meant to be used at seems to be the route of all the vitriol it attracts. This is the fault of the people who used it rather than a fault of the type face, or the designer for that matter. It solved a particular problem and solved it well. Technically it isn’t a great face, but Comic Sans wasn’t meant to be.

The designers thoughts on the matter can be read here while some more of the history can be read here.

Some of the vitriol it attracts can be seen here and given the strength of feeling the subject, it’s not surprising Comic Sans has generated some humor as well in comic strips and video.


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