There are genuine font junkies out there. Nerds about typeface, obssessed with the variations available. You point out a font, they will name it.

I wouldn't say that I'm so intrigued into the ins and outs of the world of fonts as this, but I do recognise their importance. For example, I set up my new horror blog this week - - and the first thing I sorted was the title. And it was important to find the right font that fit the design of the blog as it would, ultimately, sell my site.

Likewise, the fonts on cat food, movie posters, condoms - they are all chosen specifically for a reason.

But there is one font rarely used. One font that the fontiers despise, one that is renound with detestion.

And, funnily enough, it's probably also my favourite.


So. I ask why. Why people, why do you hate this font so? It is funky, it is playful, and it is clear. What's wrong with that?

I am a teacher, and this font is my most used in my lesson's PowerPoints that I use to thrill my classes. Why? Because it is clear and not joined up, making it the easiest for my students to read if they have English as an additional language, dyslexia or just generally low literacy levels.

However, I have in the past had students use their creative writing tasks to put together scathing attacks against my use of comic sans. Somehow this hatred has spread to sixteen-year-olds.

And I ask why? Why is it whenever I attempt to post a blog post, poster or piece of writing on facebook is it I get inundated with comments ignoring the content and venomously attacking my favourite, most beloved, most desired, font?

These are the reasons I have found within my research on the internet:

Reason 1: It is childlike.

Reason 2: Because it's modulated stroke doesn't handle the weight well, causing a disproportionately heavy area where the strokes meet.

(Yep, I have no idea what that means or why it matters either.)

Reason 3: They have bad kerning tables. This apparently means the space between the letters. Apparently it's too big. Because that's what matters, y'know, a marginal millimetre between the two letters.

Reason 4: It's intended for comic books.

Why this is bollocks

I have never cared about the kerning, modulated stroke or disproportionate heavy area.

To me, a modulated stroke is something I have on a Wednesday night if I'm feeling a bit lonely. A disproportionate heavy area is something I get after I've overindulged at christmas. Never have I been that bothered about this in a font.

And so it's intended for comic books? Great, 'cause comic books are awesome! Comics feature ordinary people choosing good and becoming superheroes - so anything we can do to me more like them, the better.

So here I am, making my case.


Published by Rick Wood