Comic Sans; the font that could.

Henry Haft

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I have a deep profound love for the natural beauty held deep within the magic font; comic sans.

Comic Sans is a type of font that was designed by Vincent Connare in 1994. The font includes hand-drawn looking letters that are unconnected and look as though they are out of a comic book. For some unknown reason, this absolute beauty of a font has been ridiculed, mocked and even outright hated by the majority of people. Why is it being made fun of? Why is it any worse than other fonts? 

Connare himself believes the typeface was quickly adopted in the 1990s because people were, for the first time, able to pick what their documents looked like and gravitated to fun and unique fonts. Teachers began using computers and printouts heavily in the 1990s, when there was a huge rise in the popularity of the font; but popularity often comes with a backlash. Perceived as a silly or informal font, its ubiquity quickly became the source of ridicule, especially when used in more formal circumstances like memorials and letters.

Comic Sans is an obvious choice for young learners, but current discussions suggest that Comic Sans may also have hidden benefits. The wide and uniquely shaped letters are useful for people with dyslexia to read. According to the British Association for Dyslexia, “sans-serif fonts like Arial and Comic Sans” are great for dyslexia. In 2016, AIGA (American institute of graphic arts), a coalition of designers, claimed that Comic Sans “may be the best font for people with dyslexia.”

LHS Statesman adviser Katie Kroeze says, “Comic Sans blows chunks.”

She is not the only person who feels this way about this beautiful font. Academics all around the world physically cringe at the sight of it. Comic Sans needs to be paid the respect and dignity it deserves. The font is full of personality and good looks. Not only that but it also can assist those who struggle with dyslexia and reading disabilities. It also makes you feel like you are reading a comic book which is also gnarly.