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Comic Sans is Not Official

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Of course Comic Sans isn’t official. Right? Originated 20 years ago, it has since become the butt of most jokes in the design as well as the non-design world. It was initially created for children’s applications and has now become one of the most cringe-worthy atrocities of a typeface.

I was sifting through paperwork for my son’s visa application to study abroad and there it was, plain as day. The Greek embassy’s entire visa application and medical certification form is in Comic Sans. At first I thought it was somebody’s unfortunate default font, but after a quick web search on the Greek consulate’s page, I was saddened to find that it was, indeed, Comic Sans on purpose.

I decided to see what other formal and official documents have been blasphemed with said font and came up with a few innappropriate instances. I was able to find a couple court documents, professional licensing forms and a lot of police and warning memos. This font is completely informal and should never be used for serious and formal documents. It’s just disrespectful to the document.

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Check out this post from Kids, Codes and Computer Science about the origin and reasons for the hate of Comic Sans: Why Do Designers Hate Comic Sans

 

One Comment

  1. aadams28 wrote:

    I actually used to love Comic Sans as a young girl. In middle school and high school, I always used it for my papers, and my teachers allowed it! I thought it was so characterized and I just felt super special to use it. By the time I got older, I realized that I didn’t like the look of the typeface very much. However, I didn’t know that it was considered to be the worst font to use until I started the program here. It is slightly embarrassing that I once liked it so much. These government documents are just created by people who know nothing about design so I can’t blame them. Ignorance is bliss, apparently.

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 4:47 pm | Permalink