November 29, 2011
Comic Sans, as many of you already know, is the butt of many a graphic design joke. I haven’t seen a really good use for Comic Sans since I was 6 years old, and thought it would be a good choice for my illustrated story I made for school. (I was probably wrong.)
Recently, I came across this.
“The Comic Sans Project” is the work of French design team We Are Cephalization, and seeks to reframe our perception of this long-ridiculed typeface. I was most surprised to learn…I didn’t think those logos were that bad. In some cases, I thought Comic Sans really fit the identity they were creating.
Either We Are Cephalization are design miracle workers, or we have been too eager to hop on the making-fun-of-Comic-Sans bandwagon. I doubt that Comic Sans will suddenly become the next Helvetica, but hopefully this shows designers that it’s just another typeface, and could work in the right circumstances. I also think it’s important to note that trends come and go in design, and even Helvetica can become cliché; a typeface’s popularity doesn’t necessarily correlate with it’s capability and function.
What do you think? After seeing this project, is Comic Sans more viable as a typeface? Could it ever become popular? Is Helvetica really “SOOO 2011?!”