Comic Sans is a comic book inspired typeface notorious for its abuse. It’s all over the place. Birthday cards, Christmas party flyers and even on Beanie Baby tags. But, have you truly contemplated why reading anything printed in Comic Sans appears like the nearest thing to torture?
Created by Vincent Connare for Microsoft in 1994, it “was designed to look like comic-book lettering,” Connare said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. The typeface later came out within the Windows 95 Plus! Pack which explains why it is widely popular and easily recognizable.
When it comes to any job orientation/life in general, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “There is a time and place for everything.” This applies to tweeting about your drunk night or wearing your miniskirt to work. But really, this cliché phrase could apply to everything. Especially typeface.
Fonts have the power to set the tone. That being said, it’s not Comic Sans’ fault. Its all of our faults. Not only are we overusing the font, but were also using it in the most inappropriate of ways.
But not everything is terrible when talking about the font. Comic Sans is a ornamental typeface it is easily readable on-screen at small sizes. Comic Sans is unique. It can also be fun. It emulates handwriting perfectly and conveys a sense of playfulness and liberation. Think about it, how many ’90s fonts (other than Times New Roman) can you name and recognize instantly?
“If you love it, you don’t know much about typography,” Mr. Connare told the WSJ. “If you hate it, you really don’t know much about typography, either, and you should get another hobby.”
“Perhaps the most comic thing about Comic Sans is that it was never designed as a font for common use. It was intended merely as a perfect solution to a small corporate problem,” BBC News reports.
Perhaps the problem isn’t the font and it’s more our decisions. Ever since people discovered how different Comic Sans looked on their ’90s Windows desktop, they can’t help themselves from considering using it. But remember, unless your goal is to be percieved as a 11-year-old child, use it tastefully.