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Are you one of those folks who are passionate about fonts? I am. I can’t tell you how many times in my life I ended up standing in front of a sign, a billboard, a TV set, a poster, or a shop window either fascinated or disgusted by the fonts used in the message…
Apparently I’m not alone. Here is a fascinating WSJ news story about this new movement to have one font family “banned” from commercial space. A fascinating “information design” story…
Typeface Inspired by Comic Books Has Become a Font of Ill Will
Vincent Connare designed the ubiquitous, bubbly Comic Sans typeface, but he sympathizes with the world-wide movement to ban it.
Mr. Connare has looked on, alternately amused and mortified, as Comic Sans has spread from a software project at Microsoft Corp. 15 years ago to grade-school fliers and holiday newsletters, Disney ads and Beanie Baby tags, business emails, street signs, Bibles, porn sites, gravestones and hospital posters about bowel cancer.
The font, a casual script designed to look like comic-book lettering, is the bane of graphic designers, other aesthetes and Internet geeks. It is a punch line: “Comic Sans walks into a bar, bartender says, ‘We don’t serve your type.'” On social-messaging site Twitter, complaints about the font pop up every minute or two. An online comic strip shows a gang kicking and swearing at Mr. Connare.
The jolly typeface has spawned the Ban Comic Sans movement, nearly a decade old but stronger now than ever, thanks to the Web. The mission: “to eradicate this font” and the “evil of typographical ignorance.”