Pre-Grad Reflection: I Can't Hate Comic Sans

Yes, you read it right. I simply can't. I'm aware that the hatred towards Comic Sans is commonly shared by all designers in the world. There's even a music video made about it. But fear not, dear designer friends. By saying I can't hate Comic Sans doesn't necessarily mean I've used it in my design career. I've never touched Comic Sans ever since I jumped into the graphic design world, where I learned that using the font for any kinds of context is some sort of a sin and the next thing you realize, you'll be doing the walk of shame a la Cersei Lannister.

But I've got a confession to make: there's something about Comic Sans that brought smile to me. As much as my designer-self condemn it just like you guys do, Comic Sans left a special memory to me. Ten years ago, I was an avid child writer, actively writing fairytales and love stories about princesses – typical of twelve-year olds. I would lay the story out in Word document, complete with clipart of apples as the borders and a giant fancy, colorful WordArt (90s kids, remember that?) for the title that read “The Tale of Princess Alexandra”.

Of course, Times New Roman would come across as a way too serious typeface for a twelve-year old girl. Arial just seemed so stiff. Guess, which stood out the most out. Comic Sans, of course. The roundness of the typeface made a friendly impression and thus, I used it. I used it for all of my stories – no kidding – until I learned the right way to format a story manuscript, and until I was introduced to the MLA format.

So now, if you ask me, if I hate Comic Sans, I don't want to be one of those designers who don't even want to bother talking about that darned font. A typeface wouldn't exist for a reason. Vincent Connare of Microsoft wouldn't create the typeface for nothing. I believe Comic Sans had a purpose. If it weren't for a legit graphic design purpose, then I believe it meant to bring smile to aspiring children writers out there.

At one time, my friends and I noticed Comic Sans used in a flyer on the street and we subsequently laughed at it as well as the horrible design. I could just hide my smile, with my thoughts drifted back to Princess Alexandra, wondering if she ever met her prince as I never finished the story.

(I might as well finish the story, but of course, the typeface choice has to be strongly reconsidered this time)