Helvetica Is SOOO 2011

December 14, 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.)


Comic Sans

Ruining lives?

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.


Android in Comic Sans

Subway in Comic Sans


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?!”