a whole post on comic sans.

Just as Kathleen has been hesitant to give LiLo press she doesn’t deserve, I know that I shouldn’t humor Comic Sans with frequent posts about it. But I can’t help it. The past few days I’ve gotten a couple of bloggy tips related to Comic Sans, and I knew you all would want to hear about them.

First, Kathleen posted a video on my Facebook wall in which the creator of Comic Sans discusses the history of the infamous font. It’s cool to get the backstory, though I can’t say it makes me hate the font any less:

And perhaps more entertaining (no offense, Kathleeny) is a tip from our A-MAZING, FAN-TASTIC Chicago correspondent. As you might have heard somewhere on the news or the interwebs or the Twitter, LeBron James just announced his decision to play with the Miami Heat, and people are getting crazy about it. (Full disclosure: I don’t actually care. Although I did find this article on James’ move pretty interesting.) What I’m getting crazy about is the fact that Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert posted a rant on NBA.com about James’ departure and decided to write it in Comic Sans. CNN’s John Sutter echoes my thoughts perfectly:

After Gilbert posted a rant — in the cutesy Comic Sans typeface — about James’ departure on NBA.com, bloggers, newspaper writers and Twitter pundits lashed back with a collective message that essentially said this:

Unless you’re a fourth-grader, or being ironic, or the author of a comic book, or on vacation from the 1990s, never use that typeface.

And they’re right! If you want to be taken seriously in a professional forum, do not use a bullshit font! Would you use Papyrus on your resume? Kristen ITC on your campaign signs? (Well, Sarah Palin might.) In the world of normal, the answer is a definitive no. So why would you use Comic Freaking Sans for the most public document you’ll ever write? And why wouldn’t you have some intern proofread your tirade for excessive use of Caps Lock and unnecessary quotation marks?  (See for yourselves. It’s bad.) We can only assume poor Gilbert was blinded by grief, and for that, our thoughts go out to him.

[Posted by Mallory]

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2 responses to “a whole post on comic sans.

  1. Mallory,

    Obviously you aren’t following my Twitter account as closely as you should be. From yesterday morning:

    So Cavs owner Dan Gilbert went after #LeBron in his letter to fans-but he used Comic Sans font, which makes the whole thing just look silly.

  2. Mallory

    I’m so ashamed.

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