Something bout Comic Sans

Reasons & Existence of Origin
Who Designed It
Why Was it Designed
Context In Which It Originated

• Comic Sans MS (or Comic Sans) is a sans-serif casual script typeface. The modern Comic Sans was designed by Vincent Connare and released in 1994 by Microsoft Corporation.


Vincent Connare (former Microsoft in-house font designer)

• It is classified as a casual, non-connecting script, and was designed to imitate the historical look of comic book lettering, for use in informal documents.

• Mr Connare says he pulled out the two comic books he had in his office, “The Dark Knight Returns” and “Watchmen” and got to work, inspired by the lettering and using his mouse to draw on a computer screen. Within a week, he had designed his legacy.

• He was inspired by the speech bubbles to create something simple and rounded, letters that might have been created by cutting with blunt scissors (the truth is he used a popular font-making software package).

• According to statements from Connare, he never intended font to be released for general use.

• Only designed it to be used in comic-book-style speech bubbles within MS Bob.

Examples of Application & Existence

The Life of Comic Sans in Microsoft Applications:
• His font, not yet called Comic Sans, was rejected for technical reasons (it didn’t fit the existing grids), but not long afterwards was adopted for the successful Microsoft Movie Maker (used in pop up windows and help sections).

• Later it was included with Windows 95.

• Eventually it was included as a default font for Microsoft Publisher and Internet Explorer.

Some Well-Known Uses of Comic Sans:
• Comic Sans has been used on a number of well-known products.
• Examples:
Beanie Babies have used the font on their tags since the late 1990′s.
– The 2004 Canada Day 25-cent collector coin also used the font.
The Sims video game uses it as well.

 
Beanie Babies.


2004 Canada Day 25 cents coin.


The SIMS video game.

Some other products you will be familiar with as well:


YUPI gummy & NERDS gum balls?

The Origin of the Comic Sans Hate:
 Because of widespread usage, particularly when dealing with serious or formal subjects.

• Adequate in designs for children or designs related to comic books or cartoons, but had no place in business or professional work usage.

• Ill-suited in content body text – it’s best used as a headline/heading font or short quote (such as in a comic book).


Short documentary about the font Comic Sans.



• Maybe it’s not the font itself. Maybe it’s too many people noticing.

• Works with serious effort put into it, and when comic sans comes in, it looks ridiculous and freaky.

• Seems like the younger generation are more inclined to notice comic sans (maybe cause it’s a default font on MS and Windows explorer 95)


How Has This Typeface Influenced Us?

• A little about Ban Comic Sans Movement:
– Started in 1999 by Dave and Holly Crumbs, graphic designers from Indianapolis, after an employer insisted they use Comic Sans in a children’s museum exhibit.

– Pointed out one of the biggest problems in amateur graphic design: disregard for appropriate typography choices.

– Professional designer usually consider impact their font and typography choices have on the overall tone of a project.

– Amateur just pick a font they like, disregarding the font’s impact on the final design.

Typefaces convey meaning, typographers say. Helvetica is an industry standard, plain and reliable. Times New Roman is classic. Depending on your point of view, Comic Sans is fun, breezy, silly or vulgar and lazy. It can be “analogous to showing up for a black-tie event in a clown costume,” warns the Ban Comic Sans movement’s manifesto.

• Comic Sans is thus an undead type. As such, there is a huge gaping void of lack, a spectral appearance of the object – cause of desire that on one hand captures the heart of sixth-grade first-time presenters, and on the other freaks professional designers out.

• Comments & feedback from people when asked about Comic Sans:

“I like it. I wouldn’t use it in business e-mail, but it’s my choice of font for less formal conversations in the corporate version of MSN that’s used where I work. I was completely unaware that it was controversial!” – S Weekes, Cardiff

“The main problem I have with Comic Sans is that it makes everything written in it look like a parish newsletter pinned to a noticeboard outside the local church. It also smacks of faux joviality – you can imagine the CEO of some multinational using it memos to make himself appear approachable. However, children like it – so perhaps like blunt-edged play scissors its use should be restricted to the classroom.” – Chris Limb, Brighton, UK


Inappropriate Uses of Comic Sans

The single biggest complaint against Comic Sans is that Comic Sans portrays a very definite tone and feeling when it’s used; mainly, an immatureinformalchildish mood.

References & Comments from:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11582548
http://posthumanmarxist.wordpress.com/2008/12/14/why-we-all-hate-comic-sans/

Posted by Mabel

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