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Oh Comic Sans, Why Do You Exist?

On the Internet, the war between the supporters and opponents of Comic Sans has grown to the colossal proportions. Both sides unleashed the armies of meme creators, trolls, haters, and other peculiar sorts of creatures born in the depths of the web. A regular person looks at this from the safe distance, trying not to get involved. We do not really understand why Comic Sans cause so many mixed emotions. Well, why don’t we try, and find out?

On the Internet, the war between the supporters and opponents of Comic Sans has grown to the colossal proportions. Both sides unleashed the armies of meme creators, trolls, haters, and other peculiar sorts of creatures born in the depths of the web. A regular person looks at this from the safe distance, trying not to get involved. We do not really understand why Comic Sans cause so many mixed emotions. Well, why don’t we try, and find out? Comic Sans was designed by Vincent Connare and released in 1994 by Microsoft Corporation. It was inspired by comic book lettering and intended for use in informal documents and children’s materials. To make them more appealing, you know 🙂 In 2011 an upgraded version – Comic Sans Pro, was released to the public.

Reception? Well, this is awkward. It turned out, that so many people actually liked it, that they started to overuse it, writing even formal documents, official applications or press releases in Comic Sans. As a result, even more people started to hate it, regarding Comic Sans as infantile, inappropriate, and disrespectful. No wonder, considering the fact that documents like advice for rape victims were printed in it.

No other type of font causes so many emotions. The two camps are in a constant conflict. The supporters of Comic Sans have 59 thousand fans on Facebook and their holy quest is to “make the whole world Comic Sans.” On their website, you will find many logos very popular in our popculture but with the font changed into Comic Sans. The defenders of this font argument that it has a lot of assets – no need to purchase a license; letters that are nice to the eye and noticeable even on small screens (not that readable, though); another “advantage” is the visible difference between small capital letter “L”. And that’s pretty much it. The supporters seem to be forcing the Comic Sans everywhere they can just for the pure fun of it. Perhaps this is the biggest advantage of this font – it is characteristic, popular, and easily recognizable. But, is the popularity really an advantage? I mean, Kardashians are tremendously popular but do they actually teach any positive values? (Perhaps they do, I can’t tell for sure because I don’t watch them.) Nevertheless, Comic Sans have a very bad reception all across the globe. People hate it for its amateurish and childish character. It starts to look awful whenever it’s made bigger than 9 points. Also, the ineffective attempt to make it look like the text in real commixes does not work in its favor.

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Comic Sans is hard to read, as the long texts seem to be moving. Well, even its creator thinks that it is not suitable typesetting. However, the real reason why so many people hate Comic Sans is that it’s often being used against its purpose. You can find it on shop signs, all types of documentation, official business cards, websites, even medical equipment. No wonder that there appeared movements that try to ban the use of Comic Sans. Like this one, logically pointing out the drastic misuse of this font.


 

Would you believe that a font can convince you something is true? It’s true! Experiments show that people are more likely to believe information set in Baskerville, verses copy written in Georgia, Helvetica, Comic Sans, or Trebuchet. Why is that? Some say Baskerville has a sense of British formality and poise that enhances credibility. Others feel typefaces are the graphic equivalent of the human voice, each voice having a specific inflection or accent. So maybe Baskerville „speaks” to us with a calm, confidence-inspiring English accent. If that’s the case, we believe you, Baskerville – 100%! Source: CreativeMarket and AIGA #infinitemedia #typography #truthaboutfonts #design #funfact #type #baskerville #helvetica #comicsans #georgia #trebuchet #typethursdays

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Thanks Jenny Dunn! As designers we LOVE font humor. Submit your pics of the march to womensmarchbook.com #womensmarch #womensmarchbook #designjokes #comicsans

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And what is your opinion? It seems that with such a huge fuzz around Comic Sans one cannot stay neutral. Though the logic prompts us to erase this font from our PCs for ever, the dark side calls, promising the entertainment and possibility to have a little laugh at people, who see red at the slightest sight of Comic Sans. Hate it or love it, nothing in between.

Karolina is the founder of Kaboompics.com and the author of all the images that you can find on it. She is a passionate photographer that specializes in the indoor photography. She enjoys cooking and traveling as it gives many opportunities to take photos – then she describes the photoshoots adventures on her blog. Also, a PR specialist, can help you with the internet marketing and do it well!