Ban Comic Sans

I managed to mention the downfalls of comic sans not once but twice in my last post. So what is the big deal?

Comic Sans is known among the design world as a typeface that should simply be avoided at all costs. It was originally designed as a replacement for other typefaces that were misused in speech bubbles for comic strips. It quickly spread and can now be seen almost everywhere. Unlike Helvetica, which features well-designed clean letterforms, Comic Sans has a very child-like playful feel which hardly ever works in the contexts in which it is seen.

Comic Sans from Sam and Anita on Vimeo.

Here is a link to a video that is featured on the website ban comic sans. The website was started by two designers in hopes to ban the abuse of the typeface. There is a time and a place for certain typefaces and more often than not, comic sans is one of those that is used incorrectly. Using it for everything from informational messages, do not enter signs, coffee shops and police force logos is not appropriate. Just as quickly as it gained attention as a new popular typeface, it has gained quite the reputation of being on the list of worst possible typefaces. Ask any designer what they think of a poster or logo that uses comic sans, I bet they’ll laugh.