Ban Comic Sans

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by neildmitchell, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. neildmitchell macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2005
    In 1995 Microsoft released the font Comic Sans originally designed for comic book style talk bubbles containing informational help text. Since that time the typeface has been used in countless contexts from restaurant signage to college exams to medical information. These widespread abuses of printed type threaten to erode the very foundations upon which centuries of typographic history are built.

    While we recognize the font may be appropriate in a few specific instances, our position is that the only effective means of ending this epidemic of abuse is to completely ban Comic Sans.

    We understand font selection is a matter of personal preference and that many people may disagree with us. Those who do not share our views should visit the Comic Sans Appreciation Society and the Illustrated History of Comic Sans.
  2. poundsmack macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2005
    this sounds like a case of going overboard on this a ban really required? personaly i would rather get rid of joker man font
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
  4. neildmitchell thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2005
    Its a half hearted joke, there isnt going to be typohiles taking to the street in protest.
    That would be hilarious to see though. :D

    If you check out the Statistics page, and look at the projected Comic sans Usage graph, it becomes even more clear, this is all about having fun.

    I have seen Comic Sans used innappropriately in "professional" mailers, the font was most innapropriate for the context. The font has its place, but far too often it is placed in the wrong hands.
  5. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    I hate fonts in general. Comic sans is a bad on. The only thing it has going for it is that it isn't Helvetica, the root of all evil.
  6. crowndiva macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2005
    Hate Fonts? Helvetica the root of all evil?

    I would have to say that Quark is the root of all evil.
  7. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Damn you, Wingdings 1, 2, and 3! And your friend, Webdings, too!
  8. crowndiva macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2005
    Why you hate'n the 'dings?
  9. pinto32 macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2003
    Perhaps this is the right moment to ask....WHAT THE HELL ARE WINGDINGS SUPPOSED TO BE??? ARE WE ACTUALLY EXPECTED TO READ THEM??? AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! :eek:

    Ok, all better now....

    I am a switcher...I used to use comic sans for MOST of my non-school related typing, but have since come to my senses and "switched" to arial and verenda. (hint: Apple "switch" ad spoof is in order for this very topic).
  10. snkTab macrumors 6502a


    Nov 13, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
  11. neildmitchell thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2005
    lol, no the 'dings are not to be for reading. :) If your into graphic design they are a great starting place to get ideas from, or when you just need a quick symbol of some sort. I have used the astrological symbols in a recent postcard series.
  12. neildmitchell thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2005
    BOO HISS :rolleyes: :) :p
    Dont thinkthat there is, and hope there isnt
  13. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    Comic Sans makes us who refuse to use it look better, so I'm not for banning it.

    Horrible font, though. :)

  14. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    you surely jest :eek: :eek: :eek:
  15. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I agree with the point of the linked-to web site (Comic Sans is overused to the point of abuse), but I think the stuff extrapolated from that is completely unrealistic. Still, this thread made me laugh.
  16. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    AAARRRGGGG! This thread is will be sending back into font-therapy. To many fonts, used incorrectly, make it stop. Oh the humanity! Next thing you know people will be mixing Times and Times New Roman in the same paragraph. Have you no shame people! :eek:
  17. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    Helvetica is evil because there are so many versions that are slightly incompatible and or bastardized running around. And everyone assumes that everyone else that people have their version.

    Why did the text overset?
    The server didn't have the right version of the font.
    I only used Helvetica... this point there is long conversation about how used Helvetica out of a different foundry or about how helvetica narrow condensed is not a standard weight or about how they are mixing and matching versions of the font leading to error messages and inconsistent results.

    Quark is evil yes. It allows for a bunch of things that it shouldn't. Adobe isn't all sweetness and light either.

    Honestly, I don't like fonts because it the thing the artists are most likely to get wrong and I hate telling people how to do their jobs. Especially people who have more experience than I do. I just want to curl up in my little hole and look at 9 pt monaco. Nice fixed pitch font with slashed 0's and I's that don't look like l's.
  18. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I saw a truck going down the road the other day and it had its logo in Comic Sans on the side.....thought it was a choice I wouldn't make and didn't think more on it - But now after looking at this, even if it is a bit of a joke, he's on to something....

  19. elizabeth macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2004
    As a student teacher, i have to use comic sans for stuff to use in class, as it's "easier to read".
  20. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Try using a real font in a slightly larger size, instead. Should be easer to read (serif for paper, sans serif for screen as a thumb rule), too...

    More advices/suggestions in the favorite fonts-thread or the readable font for articles-thread.
  21. evilernie macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2005
    I already do

    Great thread. I am already boycotting comic sans, I hate that butt-ugly font. Glad I'm not the only one.

    I agree, Helvetica sucks and Quark is evil. Why do we need Helvetica book, Helvetica roman, Helvetica Neue Book, Helvetica Neue Roman, etc. etc. It's the same damn font. Not to mention having duplicates in OS9 system fonts and OSX system fonts.
  22. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Presumably "easier" because it's less "formal", less "authoritarian". We don't want to frighten the little darlings with a nasty, pointy serif, now do we? :rolleyes:
  23. feakbeak macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Comic Sans became quite popular for a while, but I think it is heading out now. Fonts seem to have fads - they become popular for a while, then they die out. I've noticed Papyrus is gaining popularity these days. I see that font far too often these days.
  24. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Hey now, without Wingdings I'd have to draw my avatar's smiley and voice bubble by hand... can't be havin' none of that!
  25. efoto macrumors 68030

    Nov 16, 2004
    Cloud 9 (-6)
    Of course not, we would rather feed them sloppily rounded shi**y font and let not only their minds be warped by their eyes as well. Books will hence-forth all be published in Comic Sans as well as all newspapers and magazines. All published materials, including those on the internet, are to be published using COMIC SANS! Takeover soon to commence....just after season 5 of 24 :p...I just gave away the topic actually. Terrorists hack the *insert fancy government agency* database and replace everything with COMIC SANS! ARGH!

    Personally feeding kids Comic Sans at school is lesser to the pointed, nasty serif IMO. Afterall, we want the children to be pointed and have some tact don't we? :confused:

    I'm not responsible either way, I haven't reproduced :D

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