Comic sans PSA

I’ve been working on updating my vita this weekend. My resume is in fantastic shape having just landed me a job, but I’ve been spending some time helping out at my undergrad campus lately, and it got me thinking that I haven’t actually updated my vita since 2008 and that I should probably get on that, since you never know. Part of this process has involved finding files from my old computer and transferring them to my shiny iMac, which, unfortunately, ended up needing a large handful of fonts I used in the older files. So before even touching the text, I spent a good hour digging up old font files, which got me thinking about how long it took me to pick fonts in the first place, which got me thinking about the different reasons I had for finally settling on the ones I chose (myriad pro, mamma gamma, and rockwell, if you’re curious), which got me thinking about fonts I don’t like, which, naturally, got me thinking about comic sans.

Let me be perfectly clear here. I hate comic sans. I despise it. And it’s everywhere. On billboards, in commercials, handouts. I cut it out of a document at work the other day (although I’m not sure I actually have that authority so maybe when I see the final product it will still be there). I see it in mailings, on signs. It’s all over the Internet. In fact, when LeBron James announced he was headed to Miami, the Cavs owner posted an emotional letter to Cavs fans in Comic Sans…and was promptly ridiculed by typography geeks like myself who feel that, in design, every design choice should say something about the message you’re trying to communicate. And comic sans says, “don’t take me seriously.”

So please, think of the kittens. Just don’t use comic sans.

6 Comments

  • Marcus says:

    Of course, comic sans does have its place. You know, in comics or other places where you want that curvy, legible, heavy weight typeface. Someplace that’s not meant to be taken as professional.

    The one that always blows my mind is Herculanum. I used to absolutely despise it, but while I still don’t like it, I’m amazed by how versatile people think it is. It seems like anywhere I go that’s trying to create a vibe of Central American, Egyptian, spiritual, Native American, or artsy-ness uses that font. It’s amazing. It’s on sandwich-shop menus, art gallery windows, book covers, etc. Everywhere. What I wonder is if people pick it because it looks “different,” and whether or not they realize that everybody else used it for that reason, too.

  • Laura says:

    The document where I track all my literary rejections is in comic sans. I chose it because it’s silly enough to lighten the mood when I record yet another rejection letter. But if I’d known I was killing kittens, I never would have used it! (Note: no one sees this document but me. Does that make it better?)

    • Kathryn says:

      I think the key word here is “silly.” I, personally, couldn’t live with a document in comic sans, but hey, I can’t knock someone else’s mood lightening. I track my rejections with bright red gmail tags, which is actually a bit depressing.

  • Undertale Trash says:

    PLAY UNDERTALE. It make the most unappreciated fonts amazing. Just… don’t write a hate article…

    undertale.com

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