Thursday, 8 October 2009

Puting the Sans in Comic Sans

In the October issue of Grafik magazine, Veronica Ditting writes in the letterform column about Comic Sans; "the jolly and over-used typeface of non-designers".

I find comic sans a really aggravating typeface, expecially when a lecture is written in it- Arts Marketing 2008/9- I just cant stand it and i dont really know why? Reading this article i know that i am not alone. See this and the extent of peoples hatred for it can really be seen. Along with ban comic sans merchandise; hats, mugs, hoodies, you can find an official pettition to ban the typeface.

"In 1995 Microsoft released the font Comic Sans originally designed for comic book style talk bubbles containing informational help text. Since that time the typeface has been used in countless contexts from restaurant signage to college exams to medical information.

These widespread abuses of printed type threaten to erode the very foundations upon which centuries of typographic history are built. While we recognize the font may be appropriate in a few specific instances, our position is that the only effective means of ending this epidemic of abuse is to completely ban Comic Sans.

We understand font selection is a matter of personal preference and that many people may disagree with us. However, if you agree with our position, you can sign the online petition to ban comic sans."

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