Tuesday, July 14, 2009

N - Comic Sans walks into a bar

Who would have thought a typeface could cause such controversy? Comic Sans, designed by Vincent Connare, has attracted the wrath of designers, offended by its use in contexts such as restaurant signage and even medical information. "These widespread abuses of printed type threaten to erode the very foundations upon which centuries of typographic history are built," says www.bancomicsans.com, arguing for a total ban. But the Guardian declares, "It can be a welcome break from those corporate Arials and oh-so-chic Helveticas. It has even given rise to jokes: "Bartender says, 'We don’t serve your type.'" (www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/apr/28/leader-praise-comic-sans-typography)

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