Comic Sans…blech!

CONNARE
WHO IS THIS MANand why do we care?

His name is John Connare and he is the designer of Comic Sans, one of the most maligned (deservedly so!) typefaces ever developed.

John Stossel’s report on three most common design mistakes, posted earlier on this blog, gives particular attention to Comic Sans.

A Wall Street Journal article says:

“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.”

This is Comic Sans:

COMIC SANS

You can read the entire Wall Street Journal piece here.

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8 responses to “Comic Sans…blech!

  1. Ad Lib is another that I can’t stand

  2. Swan Richards

    I don’t know about where you all come from but Papyrus in the last 2-3 years has popped up everywhere! As a matter of fact, my editor and I created a new “punch buggy” type game called Papyrus Pinch and every time we come across the font we get to pinch the other. Boy are our arms sore :) When it first came out it was a nice, natural looking font that I used several times but its abundant overuse in past years has caused me to never want to use it again. This by far gets my #1 vote.

    • I didn’t put Papyrus on the list because it’s actually a nicely designed typeface. But, yes, w-a-a-a-y overused. I avoid it for just that reason. Perhaps another poll is called for: Most overused typefaces.

  3. Anonymous

    Times New Roman! Nearly everything we get in our print house camera ready uses Times New Roman, because the designer of the piece didn’t bother or didn’t know how to change the default font.

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