The Infamous Comic Sans

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at http://steve-lovelace.com.

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  1. December 26, 2012

    [...] During the development of Microsoft Bob, graphic designer Vincent Connare noticed that the cartoon characters’ speech balloons were written in Times New Roman. There were few fonts available on Windows back then, and none of the existing typefaces were appropriate for speech balloons. So Connare made a new font that resembled the hand lettering used in comic books and comic strips. Unfortunately, his Comic Sans font didn’t make the deadline for Microsoft Bob 1.0. However, it was added to Windows in anticipation of future versions of Microsoft Bob. And while there was never a Bob 2.0, Comic Sans remained. Soon it was taking up by office workers looking for a computerized equivalent of handwriting, and within a few years, it became the most hated font in the world. [...]

  2. April 22, 2013

    [...] I discovered a Tumblr that features famous logos done in the font Comic Sans. Comic Sans is infamous in the design community as one of the ugliest fonts around. It’s not just that Comic Sans is ugly, it’s also [...]

  3. April 23, 2013

    [...] better than the Papyrus logos I made last week, and Algerian is still leaps and bounds better than Comic Sans. But that doesn’t mean that Algerian isn’t overused. It is. And because of its [...]

  4. April 23, 2013

    [...] series of famous logos and rendered them in the fonts Papyrus and Algerian. Why? Because along with Comic Sans, Papyrus and Algerian really irk graphic designers. All three of those fonts have gimmicks that [...]

  5. August 20, 2013

    […] Comic Sans is the most reviled font in the world. There are worse fonts, for sure, but Comic Sans has become the most infamous. Today it’s become the “Plan 9 from Outer Space” for typography geeks. Like a bad movie, it’s now enjoyed ironically. Professional graphic designers spend time redesigning things like logos and movie posters in The World’s Worst Font. I’m a sucker for such redesigns, so I thought I’d make my own. Here are some famous book covers in Comic Sans. […]

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