Comic Sans: The Story Behind The World’s Most Hated & Beloved Font
Comic Sans is, without a doubt, the world’s most hated and beloved font. Yes, it’s extremely hard to define this font, and almost nobody knows what to think about it. While most people today hate it, and consider it to be a design ‘nightmare’, we have to put ourselves in the shoes of the artist behind this font.
When we see something written with the Comic Sans font, we usually tend to laugh, or we send a ‘thank you’ message back to our aunt who decided to send us a gift card for our birthday. That’s what most people do today. However, it didn’t always used to be that way when it came to this contentious font.
Let’s start by defining Comic Sans and get a little bit deeper in its history. Comic Sans MS is a sans-serif casual script typeface designed by Vincent Connare in 1994. The font was released by Microsoft, where the designer behind it was employed back then. It’s initial purpose was to be used in Microsoft Bob and in children’s materials.
Microsoft describes the font as having the ability to capture the attention of many people: “this casual but legible face has proved very popular with a wide variety of people.”
Vincent Connare, the designer behind Comic Sans MS, has a background in arts and this is just one of the aspects defining this unique font. When talking about his most famous creation, he lays out the ground for what stands behind his design. Inspired by many artworks while visiting numerous museums and art galleries, he realized one very important thing: If the artwork doesn’t stand out, that means it’s not good enough.
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This is what the entire philosophy behind the world’s most beloved and hated font, and here’s Vincent Connare telling the story in his own words.