The Story Behind Comic Sans

February 28th, 2013

OK, I admit it, I’ve added to the glut of articles on Comic Sans. But if you know me, you know I am not into font bashing — I’m kinda like the “Switzerland” of type. So check out this interview I did with Vincent Connare, the designer of Comic Sans, and find out the real story behind this maligned typeface! Read on… but return here to leave your comments!

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5 Responses to The Story Behind Comic Sans

  1. Corey says:

    Using Comic Sans in an inappropriate context is just as jarring as the scenario that prompted Mr. Connare to create Comic Sans in the first place. If I secretly wished I had designed a typeface, I would wish that I had created Helvetica.

  2. Mary maru says:

    Learning about the history of Comic Sans makes me dislike it less. And it’s quite fitting that Connare should have such a good sense of humor. If only the deadline for MS Bob were met…

  3. bill eger says:

    Comic Sans is a great favorite in our shop though rarely used in our design work. We do everything from large banners to carefully rendered formal presentations. Among other qualities, Comic Sans is a wonderful font for initial drafting. It is clear, lively and suggestive without being pushy or declarative about the finished product. For our clients, however, a clean serif is usually the chosen look.

    Thank you Vincent Connare for this wonderful contribution to our quiver and, again, to Ilene Strizver for extremely valuable insights.

  4. Lucia says:

    I previously did not see the beauty in Comic Sans. Having ready Ilene’s article and learning more about Mr. Connare (I love Trebuchet) I am much more appreciative. For the right project, it is spot on! Thank you for educating me.

  5. freed says:

    Very revealing, your article about Comic Sans. Kudos to mr. Connare for Trebuchet. And I wonder – did he or someone else ever try to redesign Comic Sans, as its basics seems promising enough. It only appears worked out so bad, which could probably been blamed to rudimentary technicals in the early times of Microsoft Windows ‘typography’ compared to the sophistication of the Mac approach. Search for Steve Job’s speech to Stanford graduates.

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