The Comic Sans Project Rethinks Your Least Favorite Font

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If you were alive during the ‘90s, you probably remember the Comic Sans Golden Age, when Comic Sans became the Everything Font. It was everywhere. Lavatory signs told you to wash your hands in Comic Sans. Newsletters declared official business statements in Comic Sans. Evangelical church pamphlets struck Jesus into you in Comic Sans, poetry you wrote when you were about fourteen years old was dramatic in Comic Sans, and signs that used an excess number of apostrophes advertised their “HUGE NUMBER’S OF CAR’S ON SALE” in Comic Sans.

That’s when everyone decided they’d had enough. Sites like BanComicSans.com (“Putting the sans in Comic Sans”) and ComicSansCriminal.com (“Helping people like you learn to use Comic Sans appropriately”) started appearing on the Internet. Your hip mom and girdle-wearing gym teacher think that Comic Sans is atrocious. Even the most corporate of corporates, Google, had its own little hip maniacal laugh when, last April Fool’s Day, if you Googled “Helvetica,” all of your search results would turn up in Comic Sans. One hundred sad faces in Comic Sans can only begin to describe the sadness of that day.

If you look at it a little differently there are one hundred happy faces smiling at you in Comic Sans.

 

But now, Comic Sans is coming back. Why? Give something enough time and it becomes just ironic enough. It’s kind of why we all started wearing jeggings again. When I was in fifth grade everyone laughed at me because my pants were either always light blue jeggings or dark blue jeggings. Little did they know I was actually ten years ahead of fashion (I’m still waiting on my sweater-turtleneck-jean-vest combos to come back, honestly).

Enter the Comic Sans Project. The Project is put together by a group of “Comic Sans defenders.” In their words: “We fear no fonts and we will make the whole world Comic Sans.” Yeah, it’s kind of … cult-like. But the purpose of the website is to re-design current icons and logos using Comic San, from the Burger King logo to Atari to H&M. Does the world look better with this much Comic Sans? Probably not. Is the world a better place because of this much Comic Sans? No, I don’t think so. But I’m sure you can appreciate the Comic Sans Project enough to let it satisfy your ironic hipster heart — seeing this much Comic Sans in one place is likely to delight that little gothic-poetry-writing ten-year-old you (by that I mean I) used to be.

Some of the my favorite redesigns are below — go to the Comic Sans Project website to Comic Sans-ify your life.

 

I want a Louis Vuitton bag in Comic Sans JK I am actually poor. via http://comicsansproject.tumblr.com/

 

Makes the first three movies in the series better, Comic Sans can. via http://comicsansproject.tumblr.com/

 

It's so much more appetizing when I feel like I'm stuck in the '90s. via http://comicsansproject.tumblr.com/

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Whitney is a lover of food, books, comic books and journals made for left-handed people. She is a Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, where she studies video games and new media. She is also a graphic designer, writer and editor who has worked for places like Opium Magazine, Literary Death Match, Publishers Weekly and The Feminist Press. Check out her blog at whitneypow.com and follow her on Twitter @whitneypow.

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    I feel like if I admit to hating Comic Sans, I’m admitting to being old (at the ancient age of 22). It’d be like admitting to not watching Spongebob Squarepants reruns anymore. Or tuning into PBS for Masterpiece Theater instead of Sesame Street. It’s a part of my childhood that I’m still pretending to still like.

    So, stop the Comic Sans hate. It’s totally awesome :-\

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    Even though we use the words interchangeably now, Comic Sans is technically a typeface, not font. “Font” refers to the physical object, a collection of moveable pieces of lead type (like the protagonist of Stone Butch Blues sets in her first factory job). Typeface refers to the style of the font (ie Helvetica or Comic Sans). Totally irrelevant now that we have computers, but still letterpress machinery is really cool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxwRlQib1EQ

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    Did anyone else go to the Comic Sans Project website and start thinking that it looked normal after scrolling down for about 30 seconds?

    I must be back in middle school, creating an informational pamphlet about PCP. That’s the only reason Comic Sans would start to look normal again.

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    Okay, so I don’t want to defend Comic Sans, because I hate it. But last year I taught preschool, and realized it is the ONLY font where the “a” is how we teach kids to write it. And since we were supposed to label everything so that the kids would learn sight reading, I used only Comic Sans in my classroom. I would print sheets with names on the top, and lines for them to practice writing it, and the one time I printed in something other than Comic Sans, poor Ariana looked at me and was like “Miss Caitlin, what are these letters???”

    So Comic Sans is okay…only in preschool

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    ggaahhhh no I can’t study Graphic Design and then read something like this. That google thing is hilarious, though.

    Jeggings, on the other hand, are AMAZING. As one of my friends put it, women’s fashion is getting better when there are comfortable skinny jeans (“What’s next, comfortable heels?”). Jeggings: a lifestyle choice.

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    i don’t know whether to laugh at the irony, or to cringe in terror. sometimes i cringe automatically at the sight of comic sans without thinking WHY. comic sans, you cheerful little bastard, you.

    i don’t know about you, but comic sans makes me want to reinstall windows 95/98 on an old computer that’s been just hanging around. NOSTALGIA FOR DAYS~~ (i realize that the latest version of microsoft word still has comic sans but, well, still)

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    This font would do well advertising anxiety. It has the level of uneasiness much like the feeling a puppy has when it gets taken away from its mother. Bastardizing these logos is a cruel, cruel joke.

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    I’m pretty sure someone who worked at my organization must be a part of this project. I opened the office contact list to update it, and what do I see? Comic Sans, in all its glory. Comic Sans, everywhere. Comic Sans, haunting my dreams tonight.

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