Comic Sans: From Ugly Duckling To Beautiful Swan

Comic Sans - the font that haunted us like a plague since its introduction in the 90's. It’s a sans-serif casual script typeface imitating comic books which got the cool kids thinking – hey, why not? Let’s pretend the world is one big speech bubble. Currently much criticized to the point of a raging online war between lovers and trolls alike, comic sans gets reinvented. Imagine that.

Andrew Gunadie aka Gunnarolla

A really short history lesson. October 1994, Microsoft designer Vincent Connare begins inventing a playful font which, unbeknownst to him, would eventually explode into a worldwide phenomenon and pop-culture staple. Not necessarily a good thing. 2002, two American graphic designers come up with a movement called “Ban Comic Sans” and almost a decade later (something or other) the opposition grew stronger than ever. 

Unfortunately for comic sans... Bancomicsans.com.

Finally, 2014 comes along and empathy-fuelled designer Craig Rozynski decides to nurse the poor typeface back to health with a facelift.

“Could Comic Sans be saved?” - Craig Rozynski

Photo from Craig Rozynski's website.

Craig Rosynski's successful call for funding at Kickstarter.com.

Meet Comic Neue. Its dedicated website reads, “Say hello to an unlikely hero.” Since its launch a couple of months ago, Comic Neue had generally more admirers than haters. What do you think? Will the fresher, more refined Comic Neue save the day?

Comic Neue's website.
http://comicneue.com/

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