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Comic Sans, The World’s Most Hated Font, Gets a Refreshing Makeover

Believe it or not, fonts play a huge part in the way that we receive and process information.

The way that we present text has a big impact on how our message is received. The use of fonts is very important in the website design industry, with new fonts regularly being released for web and print design. We respond to different typefaces in different ways. They have a profoundly stylistic element that can determine the overall aesthetic appeal of a logo, page or product. The fonts that you use can even be the difference between somebody clicking on your content or not, and determine whether or not customers choose to trust your brand.

There are some fonts that are universally loved and accepted by the design community. Even regular users of word processing packages will probably have typefaces that they like more than others. However, one font has become particularly high-profile for the negative publicity that it has received.

For years now Comic Sans has been a source of huge controversy. Loved and used by many, it has become the object of internet campaigns by those that cannot stand its ubiquitous, child-like curves. In fact, you could argue that Comic Sans has become the embodiment of outdated, DIY-design at its very worst.

The conscious awareness of Comic Sans promotes — at least among some people — contempt and summary dismissal” Errol Morris

This BBC article from 2010 explores some of the history of Comic Sans and why it is that it’s garnered such publicity. It’s interesting to note that it was never intended to be used in the way that it often is.

You might be interested to hear that a new version has been released. Comic Neue was released last week and whist it retains some of the unique features of the original Comic Sans, there are significant changes. The designer of the new font has described the process in this way:

“Comic Sans wasn’t designed to be the world’s most ubiquitous casual typeface. Comic Neue aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy…

The squashed, wonky, and weird glyphs of Comic Sans have been beaten into shape while maintaining the honesty that made Comic Sans so popular. It’s perfect as a display face, for marking up comments, and writing passive aggressive office memos.” Designer Craig Rozynski

It looks like the new typeface will be reasonably well-received by the design community. An article in the Washington Post suggests that “This designer just made Comic Sans, the Internet’s most hated font, cool again”.

What do you think?

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