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.”