Quite simply, it’s just too successful for its own good. Despite being a horrible typeface.

Prompted by a recent magazine article by the Beeb, I wanted to share my loathing of this seen-everywhere, used-for-everything font. Its creator, Microsoft employee Vincent Connare, has a lot to answer for because he has given birth to a monster.

But why do so many people hate it with a passion? I don’t know, but for me it’s just an insignificant typeface that’s become popular without being good. I blame the advent of the computer. Gone are the days when the choice of font in a printed piece was usually made by a professional, based on its suitability for the task. Now, with computers in almost every home and business, Joe Public (and his wife and family) can just click on a menu item labeled ‘Font’ and choose from a long list of typefaces with a single mouse click. And there, lurking in the list, is Comic Sans. Waiting with a cheeky grin on its face. Waiting to adorn everything from a poster for a lost kitten to a pub menu.

Do I sound like a grumpy old git just having a moan? Well yes, I probably do. That’s because I remember the days before computers. When I learned my trade we still used Letterpress for short runs like stationery and posters. I remember standing in front of a huge case of metal type, single letters arranged in order of font and size.

But now we’re in a digital era where the choice of font is no longer the province of printers and designers. With the advent of the computer comes choice for everyone and there are no rules. You can use what you like! Is that a good thing? Well frankly, no. Not when Comic Sans appears on the side of the local plumber’s van, in newspaper adverts and on shop signs. That’s why you won’t catch this designer using Comic Sans in DNA artwork anytime soon.

Just don’t get me started on Old English. In capitals.

Opinion: John Dawkins

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  1. Here here…!

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