Shelved by: WalterWhite on 2012-03-26
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Friends don't let friends use Comic Sans.
I still don't get the whole anti-comic sans thing O.o Use whatever fucking font you want just as long as you make some fucking with it!!!!!
Comic Sans is... what's the best way to put it... the third least professional common font. Jokerman and Curlz MT are one and two respectively. Using these fonts, you may as well write in bold red letters, "I have no idea what I'm doing." If the highschool dropout who cooks your food at McDonald's had a font, it'd be Comic Sans. If a flyer's printed in Comic Sans, it can also be expected to be printed on highlighter yellow paper printed off a standard black and white printer and posted with clear tape. If a website is in Comic Sans, it has a black background, varying bright colors (pink, green, red, yellow), poor resolution images, and heavy use of the blink tag.
Also, my mother's a professional graphic designer for a university (she designs their publications and such). Without her, I would have avoided Comic Sans out of respect for myself. With her, it'd be easier to tell her I eat babies.
And why is it unprofessional? The way it looks? I'm pretty sure there already a ton of fonts on the list that are more useless or unprofessional. Just because a font is "Whimsical" or "Less serious" you claim that it's the bane of existence, why? How bout pink letters? I'm pretty sure some of those fonts no one can even read would look pretty good on a letter. Just because it was made for comic strips doesn't mean it's unprofessional, it means it's made for non-formal text. And if something is typed in comic sans it doesn't mean you can expect unprofessional works. I've seen plenty of party invites, billboard posts, and other samples with those annoying formal fonts that looked even more ridiculous than comic sans.
You see this image we're commenting on? This is the average case of the use of Comic Sans. There's no comma after the "hi", the person went to write "I'm" and switched to "I am" without taking the apostrophe out. Comic Sans became regarded as unprofessional because of its common usage and that its role could be easily filled by other fonts.
Pink letters are unprofessional, too. Just like signs posted on 8.5x11 paper, taped to school walls, covered in clip art. Just like people using Old English font when they want something to look medieval, or using a script font when trying to replicate handwriting.
The kind of mindset that justifies using Comic Sans in design work is the same kind that justifies using linear search or bubble sort in your programming. It's the same mindset that causes ppl 2 tlk liek dis because they aren't in English class anymore. It's quite slack and the attitude permeates into your work. It's the attitude of those who stay in the same position at work their whole life, not those who get promoted and paid well.
Does this look like design work? Does it look like it might be formal at all!? Stop attacking it for existing! O.o And just because the person that did the typing made some serious typos that doesn't mean comic sans caused it!
Did I say Comic Sans caused it? I'm saying they're both symptoms.
you're saying that a font shouldn't be used at all unless it looks professional. Which in the case of looks that's strictly a matter of opinion.
I'm saying that Comic Sans looks unprofessional, and thus should not be used. You see, there's a difference. Times New Roman doesn't look professional, but it also doesn't look unprofessional, see? (I'm asserting against a negative, not claiming all should be positive)
"Strictly opinion" is also a term to be used carefully. I didn't say it looked unprofessional, I said it's associated with the lack of professional knowledge or skill. That's not so much opinion. Now, if you want me to say it looks bad, try "Its strokes are irregular.... Comic Sans is shoddily designed, with awkward weighting and haphazard kerning." (Source)
It doesn't matter how you explain it you're still arguing the usability of a font. Which is really retarded. If someone wants to use it let them. And it can't be associated with unprofessionalism because it's not a trait let alone a repeating trait. Most people tend to use it cause it's laid back. As if not to say: "I don't have a stick up my ass." And I still see no reason to complain about it. The whole argument makes no sense.
"The kind of mindset that justifies using Comic Sans in design work is the same kind that justifies using linear search or bubble sort in your programming. It's the same mindset that causes ppl 2 tlk liek dis because they aren't in English class anymore. It's quite slack and the attitude permeates into your work. It's the attitude of those who stay in the same position at work their whole life, not those who get promoted and paid well."
It's just a font! O.o It doesn't mean anything! It doesn't imply anything! It's just a font!
And Earth is just a planet -- there are trillions others, why not blow it up?
Aside from your little fallacy there, how can you say it doesn't imply anything? I could pull off some classy text-only design in Arial, and most people would infer that it was done professionally or near professionally since most people don't know the difference between Helvetica and Arial. The professional would, however, assume a near-professional because they'd spot the difference.
My point is it's an important concept in the field of design -- the concept of font choice/usage. Now, the other point I've been trying to get across is why professionally important things should affect our everyday life. I've found it's a hard argument to make. If someone's already in the mindset where they care, then they'll take the information easily and move forward. If they're in the mindset that it's unimportant, you end up in a multi-page long argument about the importance of proper grammar, spelling, and mechanics in communication of common speech, and at the end they still see nothing wrong, despite you demonstrating "It makes you look like an idiot" every time they try to say "it doesn't matter."
So, I can't explain to you why it should mean anything to you. I've tried to explain why it should be avoided, but if you still want to use it, that's up to you.
Because it wouldn't make sense O.o It doesn't imply anything because it's just a font! To day that one font implies anything is to day that they all imply something. When it's just a font!
It's just a painting, it's just a painting, it doesn't imply anything because it's just a painting.
They all do imply something. They all have visual properties that can convey messages. For example, if you see python code in BankGothic MD BT, you wouldn't know what the hell it was. However, if you saw code in OCR A or Courier New, you'd likely assume it was code with or without knowledge of what most code looks like.
Old English is just a font with weird weight distributions and serifs, but because we associate it with medieval times, it has a message in its own.
Actually, BankGothic wouldn't look too far off, I meant Copperplate Gothic.
Fonts are for aesthetics only O.o No messages! It's only chosen to make things look better. Comic Sans does not look bad at all! Looks laid back and casual.
"Which in the case of looks that's strictly a matter of opinion."
exactly! comic sans looks pretty neutral. just a relaxed font.
No. Not "exactly." You're being hypocritical, and I'm showing you that.
I'm not being hypocritical. You still have no valid reason to hate that font just for being there!
I already gave you my reasons. You're the one who refuses to accept them.