Sunday, April 4, 2010

Best use of Comic Sans ever!

Even if you have never studied typography, you're probably aware that the design community - and a good portion of the general public - hates Comic Sans. Actually, for a class, I once wrote a blog post in defense of this much maligned font (and some day I will let you see it!), the essence of which was, it's not the font that's the problem--it's people using it inappropriately.

A classic real-life example, the likes of which I never thought I'd have the opportunity to share: A company - a rather respectable company that you all have heard of - which sends monthly donations to my organization, contacted us by mail to let us know that they would be making all their future donations electronically. The whole correspondence - the letter, the form we were supposed to complete, and even our address - were composed entirely in Comic Sans!

I had to do a double-take. Then a triple-take. My disbelief was so great, I forgot how to laugh. My mouth is still hanging open.

Picture this now:
Please give us your bank account number.
Nothing like cartoon lettering to inspire confidence in a financial transaction!

Did this really happen? Or was it just a strange typographic dream?


Anonymous said...

Just discovered many pages I've designed (read, "modified from originals") have the dreaded font. Only in text areas where no one sees it unless they make and entry, but still. I plead plagiarism of cascading style-less sheets. This will be redressed...


Amy Shipley said...

Haha, wow. You're right. Comic Sans just doesn't cut it for serious things like that.

Tariq said...

This is a fine use of Comic Sans if the person demanding your bank account number is the Riddler or the Joker.