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To loathe Comic Sans with a passion!

(136 Posts)
ComposHat Sat 04-May-13 07:46:12

I had to go into a local primary school last week and the first thing that struck me was the absolute dominance of Comic Sans.. it was everywhere! From the school sign, to labels and signs, every single one of them in this most loathsome of fonts???? It doesn't say 'fun and friendly' to me, it says 'ugly and inelegant.'

My dad (ex primary school teacher) uses it on emails and it drives me mad! I have to convert the text into another font before I can read the thing.

He even sends off relatively formal letters in this type (I've tried explaining that it is like writing a formal letter with a wax crayon, but he pays no heed.)

He's not the only one, when I worked for social services, 'return tpo court' letters (quite a big deal) were sent out in comic sans and a letting agent recently sent out a form for me in Comic sans - it looked child-like and amateurish and I'm having second thoughts about using them.

There's no need for it, even the most basic version of Windows has lots of beautiful fonts to use at the mere click of a mouse, yet people insist on using Comic Sans

Grrrr!

HollyBerryBush Sat 04-May-13 07:47:30

I love comic sans, it's my favourite font of all!

I do ralise that this now makes me sound like some technogeek that actually knows different fonts grin

You need this campaign:

bancomicsans.com/

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 04-May-13 07:48:55

If someone does their autosignature in comic sans I judge them. Usually the same people who list every qualification on the same and send pictures of cats.

Euphemia Sat 04-May-13 07:49:35

Sassoon is better in schools as it's the Jolly Phonics font, but not every school has it. Comic Sans is close.

JeremyPiven Sat 04-May-13 07:51:44

yanbu

It is the font choice of people who put circles above their i's.

Purpleprickles Sat 04-May-13 07:51:47

Agree with Euphemia. Comic Sans prints the letter a correctly for those of us teaching letters and sounds. So yeah YABU.

INeedThatForkOff Sat 04-May-13 07:52:24

Vile. I share your pain. The cupcake crew can keep fucking curlz too. I like Gill Sans though, but it's not in more recent versions of Word.

CitrusyOne Sat 04-May-13 07:54:46

Comic sans is the easiest font for dyslexic children to read and is recommended by our local education authority. About 90%'of schools in my lea have level 2 or 3 dyslexia friendly status and you would expect to see most things around school produced in comic sans.

Fakebook Sat 04-May-13 07:55:10

In the days of "paint" (the only fun game on a PC) I used to draw pics of The Simpsons characters and then write "The Simpsons" at the top in Comic Sans. So I don't really have anything against it. I loathe Papyrus though.

It's useful for children who are not yet fluent readers, but there's no reason to use it with adult readers unless they have difficulties with literacy. Using it in a professional or corporate setting is unnecessary.

Thumbwitch Sat 04-May-13 07:58:02

Ah citrusy has already said it.
Yes I loathe it too and consider it highly unprofessional if used outside of a school; but apparently it is the easiest to read for people with dyslexia or other forms of reading difficulty. So it has a place.

DeafLeopard Sat 04-May-13 07:58:21

YANBU. Lots of much nicer fonts to use. For early readers surely Sassoon Primary is better. Or Century Gothic.

School newsletter comes in Comic Sans. I judge.

Satnightdropout Sat 04-May-13 07:58:44

I've once received a debt collectors letter written in Comic Sans before. Whilst I was willing to pay the £30 that they were after, I threw the letter in the bin and waited for another letter with a slightly less informal font to pay it off.

Schools aside, it should not be used. Vile, vile typeface.

(pendant alert: typeface is the family, eg Comic Sans; font is the exact version eg Comic Sans Regular 10pt)

I also sneer at anything that arrives in Times New Roman or Arial - they are the defaults and it means you didn't choose.

I like Calibri.

FannyMcNally Sat 04-May-13 08:00:29

We use sassoon in school but the HT's letters to parents and also the school website are in comic sans. Gives me a slight shiver when I see it but she obviously likes it!

knitknack Sat 04-May-13 08:00:49

We use comic sans because it's the best font (that's schools have) to use with dyslexic children.

I more 'designery' kids at school moan about it too but they stop once I show them the advice from the dyslexia specialists.

Some explanation here about why it is used so much in primary schools:

www.dougwoods.co.uk/blog/why-teachers-should-learn-to-love-comic-sans/

If there were more free fonts that matched handwritten letter formation, then it wouldn't need to be so ubiquitous.

knitknack Sat 04-May-13 08:01:59

I use calibri for GCSE stuff where I have no dyslexic students! < preens >

Euphemia Sat 04-May-13 08:03:10

Not all versions of Word come with Sassoon, and maybe the school can't afford to/does not want to buy it?

We're told by the local authority which font to print everything in, incuding our email font. hmm It's just changed and I can't remember which one it is. As I'm largely ignoring the edict.

CitrusyOne Sat 04-May-13 08:07:14

I agree that outside schools it doesn't have a place, and that 'official' letters shouldn't be written in comic sans.

ComposHat Sat 04-May-13 08:07:20

I Need

Gill Sans is one of my favourite fonts, quite distressed to hear in isn't on more recent versions of Word as it is my default for on screen use.

I also like Century Schoolbook for printed material and Bodoni and Garamond are quite nice for printed stuff too.

Rockwell is my favourite for titles and Powerpoint and Courier for emails (as it has a pleasingly retro appearance)

Papyrus is the only font that I loathe more than Comic Sans and has no place (except for a school project on the Egyptians)

Purple as a teaching aid in worksheets then fair enough, but there's no need for every fucking sign, notice etc. to be in such a shite and inappropriate font, including those aimed at adult visitors.

Thumbwitch Sat 04-May-13 08:09:18

But there is - do you think dyslexia just stops when people leave school?

VenetiaLanyon Sat 04-May-13 08:11:31

YA so NBU. It is patronisation incarnate.

Panzee Sat 04-May-13 08:13:07

It's a font. It's not rabies. Chill. grin

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