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The Ultimate Epidemic

VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine.Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Social Entropy++
COMIC SANS

(apparently?)

http://bancomicsans.com/home.html
In 1995 Microsoft released the font Comic Sans originally designed for comic book style talk bubbles containing informational help text. Since that time the typeface has been used in countless contexts from restaurant signage to college exams to medical information. These widespread abuses of printed type threaten to erode the very foundations upon which centuries of typographic history are built.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123992364819927171.html?mod=yhoofront
Typefaces convey meaning, typographers say. Helvetica is an industry standard, plain and reliable. Times New Roman is classic. Depending on your point of view, Comic Sans is fun, breezy, silly or vulgar and lazy. It can be "analogous to showing up for a black-tie event in a clown costume," warns the Ban Comic Sans movement's manifesto. The font's original name was Comic Book, but Mr. Connare thought that didn't sound like a font name. He used Sans (short for sans-serif) because most of the lettering, except for the uppercase I, doesn't have serifs, the small features at the end of strokes.
Ban Comic Sans was conceived in the fall of 1999, when Holly Sliger was a senior at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, studying typography and graphic design. Designing a museum gallery guide for a children's hands-on artifact exhibit, Ms. Sliger says she was horrified when her bosses told her to use Comic Sans. She told them it was a cliché, and printed out a list of other typefaces she thought better suited the project. They insisted on Comic Sans.

"It was like hell for me," she says. "It was everywhere, like an epidemic."

In the midst of the project, she met her future husband, Dave Combs, at synagogue one Saturday. He was a recent college graduate working as a graphic designer, and she knew he would sympathize. "This is horrible," he remembers saying. She says, "That's when I knew he's the guy I would marry." The couple did wed a year later and continued to gripe about the font.

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(seriously what the hell people have way too much time on their hands)

Let us discuss FONTS and the dumb things people say about them.

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    bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    achewood comic

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    AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    In before that Achewood comic I'm too lazy to look up.

    Everyone knows that Times New Roman or Georgia is the best

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    The Otaku SuppositoryThe Otaku Suppository Bawstan New EnglandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Wait are we complaining about the font type or are we complaining about the people complaining about the font type?

    Or are we complaining about the font type complaining about the people?

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    JordynJordyn Really, Commander? Probing Uranus. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    haha internet petitions.

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    Punsie McKalePunsie McKale Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I thought the epidemic was gonna be chubby asians

    woo boy I'm workin blue tonight

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    FabricateFabricate __BANNED USERS regular
    edited April 2009
    AMP'd wrote: »
    In before that Achewood comic I'm too lazy to look up.

    Everyone knows that Times New Roman or Georgia is the best

    Helvetica would like to have a word with you.

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    RabidDeathMooseRabidDeathMoose Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    LOUD NOISES!

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    Mister LongbaughMister Longbaugh Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    i'm not gonna lie this thread sucks

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    bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Fabricate wrote: »
    AMP'd wrote: »
    In before that Achewood comic I'm too lazy to look up.

    Everyone knows that Times New Roman or Georgia is the best

    Helvetica would like to have a word with you.

    calibri is so much better than any other font

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    AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Helvetica is like those scene kids

    Times New Roman has class, Helvetica thinks that its square glasses make it cool
    I forgot about it, okay?

    I'd like to see the Helvetica movie one day

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    The Otaku SuppositoryThe Otaku Suppository Bawstan New EnglandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    If you choose one font this summer...

    Choose IMPACT

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    humblehumble Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    i have a typography teacher who is world renowned and says comic sans was fine for what it was created for
    and if it works then it works

    so this is pretty retarded

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    FoodFood Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I never got the whole font thing. I mean, there's an entire documentary about helvetica. I don't see the appeal.

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    TiBTiB Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Can we talk about real diseases?

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    RobchamRobcham The Rabbit King of your pantsRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
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    AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    TiB wrote: »
    Can we talk about real diseases?

    Only the venereal kinds your mother has.
    Or other diseases, those are fine too

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    sweet thanks for finding that Rob I was looking for it

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    Mister LongbaughMister Longbaugh Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    like i'm a little curious why anyone would think this is a good thread to make.

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    Sir PlatypusSir Platypus Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I've never understood hate for a font. Is comic sans antisemitic or something?

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    Randall_FlaggRandall_Flagg Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Vivixenne wrote: »
    sweet thanks for finding that Rob I was looking for it

    it's like a five second search in ohnorobot

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    Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    FUCK YOUR FACE

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    The Otaku SuppositoryThe Otaku Suppository Bawstan New EnglandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    FUCK YOUR FACE

    RAP BATTLE

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    JordynJordyn Really, Commander? Probing Uranus. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    like i'm a little curious why anyone would think this is a good thread to make.

    uh, so we can go sign that petition.

    Obviously.

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    T. J. Nutty Nub T. J. Nutty Nub Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    FUCK YOUR FACE

    RAPE BATTLE

    There we go

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    Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    FUCK THE SHIT ON THE BACK OF STARBUCKS CUPS, BABY

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    Mr. GMr. G Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I thought this was gonna be about gay people or bird flu

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    AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    FUCK YOUR FACE

    A wild GEORGIA appears

    GEORGIA used SERIFS

    It's super effective, and not atrocious!

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    What's so bad about Comic Sans? I don't use it, but it doesn't offend me.

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    humblehumble Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    im pretty sure people who actually use type should be the ones to make the call here

    not retarded internet people

    but we all know how this goes

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    SageinaRageSageinaRage Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I never really got the comic sans hate. I mean, it's overused, but I just can't muster up hate for it.

    I really want to watch that helvetica documentary though, it's in my netflix queue.

    I can appreciate cool fonts, I may have to show some spiffy ones tomorrow.

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    Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    What's so bad about Comic Sans? I don't use it, but it doesn't offend me.

    it's basically a child molester's font

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    humblehumble Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    What's so bad about Comic Sans? I don't use it, but it doesn't offend me.

    it's basically a child molester's font

    but its not

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    The Otaku SuppositoryThe Otaku Suppository Bawstan New EnglandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    FUCK YOUR FACE

    RAPE BATTLE

    There we go

    HOW DARE YOU, GOOD SIR

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I'm not gonna lie you guys I really like Century Gothic

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    StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    The Helvetica documentary was really cool and interesting

    I enjoyed it





    I'm also a gigantic nerd when it comes to printing

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    Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    humble wrote: »
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    What's so bad about Comic Sans? I don't use it, but it doesn't offend me.

    it's basically a child molester's font

    but its not

    like i ain't actually offended by it

    i'm pretty...ambivalent about the whole thing

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    Mister LongbaughMister Longbaugh Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    blah blah blah i'm a whiny faggot i hate fonts for stupid reasons

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    AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Courier: Allowing you to pretend that you wrote this on a typewriter since 1955

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    humblehumble Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    http://www.fonts.com/aboutfonts/designerprofiles/rodmcdonald.htm

    if this man says comic sans is fine
    then its fine

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    AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    It is fine in a specific context: children's stuff.

    Not comics, god no

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