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Comic Sans walks into a bar, bartender says, “We don’t serve your type.”

the man behind Comic Sans

the man behind Comic Sans: Vincent Connare

If you call yourself a graphic designer and have used the typeface Comic Sans in any of your work, I am sorry to say you are now part of an endangered species in a global and unforgiving community of designers and self-proclaimed ‘typophiles’. Part of surviving college graphic design courses is accepting that Comic Sans is perhaps as low as a person will go when selecting typefaces for a project. It makes you wonder, when did Comic Sans go bad? What makes it stand out as so horribly wrong, the mentioning of its name causes eyes to roll into the back of a designer’s head? Mr. Vincent Connare doesn’t seem to have an answer to that question, but he does make a pretty bold statement about his infamous creation: “If you love it, you don’t know much about typography,” Mr. Connare says. But, he adds, “if you hate it, you really don’t know much about typography, either, and you should get another hobby.”

Mr. Connare’s quote is from a Wall Street Journal article by Emily Steel and it discusses the rise and fall of Comic Sans. Reading her article shed some light on how Comic Sans came into existence as a typeface designed for children’s computer software. It was created to replace another well-known typeface: Times New Roman. It was also a surprise to learn that the inspiration behind this notorious typeface were two popular comic books: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. The article doesn’t necessarily proclaim Comic Sans ready for a typographic comeback. At best, Steel describes it as “retro chic” but even that may be an optimistic assumption. For now, it’s still cool to hate on Comic Sans.

check out the rest of the article here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123992364819927171.html

3 Comments

  1. LindseyMarie wrote:

    I absolutely being pulled into an article by an alluring headline and so I commend you on a successful job!

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink
  2. EmFlores wrote:

    I like his qualification for the love/hate relationships of designers. Thanks for sharing.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Marzia wrote:

    It is interesting to learn about the background.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

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