A forbidden typeface: Comic Sans

At the first mention of Comic Sans most of us roll our eyes. There are many websites dedicated solely to the demise of the typeface. The thought of the typeface being used on a professional document often strikes horror into our minds – but is it really that bad? Can we find a good use for the typeface?

Ellis Pratt points out that the typeface is recommended for the Easy Read environment. Easy Read was developed by the United Kingdom’s Office of Disability Issues as a set of guidelines to make sharing information through textual documents easier for those with disabilities. The main goals are to keep sentences short and straightforward, keep the content as accessible as possible, and to make the document visually high contrast and easy to read.

Is the Office of Disability right or is there a better option for these situations? You can read Ellis Pratt’s full piece here.

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5 thoughts on “A forbidden typeface: Comic Sans

  1. Oh my gosh yes, Comic Sans is horrible. If not just for the poor design but because people use it constantly for a “fun” feel.

  2. As we discussed in class I find it demeaning that Comic Sans has been deemed a typeface for the disabled. I understand that because the font style mimics handwriting, it may seem more visible or readable for someone with a visibility, but this does not mean that Comic Sans specifically is the typeface that needs to be used. There are plenty of other handwriting fonts in existence, and I think the “fun” feeling that Comic Sans supposedly conveys is largely imagined. Its not that fun….

  3. Comic Sans was one of those fonts, when I was young, that was fun to use. I feel as though it’s only okay to use when its a younger person using it. It does have a “fun” appeal to it for the younger generations who do want to just use it for “fun.” It shouldn’t be used for design or as a text font.

  4. This post is rather conflicting. Comic Sans is not accepted as a “good” font.
    Most people cringe, at the sight of it. It seems really weird to me that a font
    that is greatly unaccepted and hated is accepted for disabled people. What?

    I agree with whoever, “ejd1515” is. There are many other fonts that can give a
    fun playful vibe.

  5. I would have to disagree with Ellis Pratt, just because it is easily readable does not mean it is the correct font choice to use. There are many fonts out there! Also, it has been known that in longer paragraphs, unlike comic sans, fonts with serifs are much easier to read and stay focused on. This article was very interesting to see this view of comic sans.

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