Why It’s Okay to Use Comic Sans
Comic Sans has been getting a bad rap in recent years. Everybody’s poo pooing it for some reason. I for one, actually enjoyed it when it was the standard font for the Notes app in iOS 6. Even Helvetica is being driven out of the cool club these days. Well, I believe that there’s a time and place for every font.
Recently, fellow BU MSIT alumna Melissa Milloway (melslearninglab.com and @MelMilloway) posted a link to an infographic on The 10 Commandments of Typography. While I agreed with a lot of the “commandments” listed, it brought me back to thinking that there could be a time and a place and a purpose for every font. I would like to stress that again: “…there could be a time and a place and a purpose for every font.” That doesn’t mean it’s okay for my buddy Phil to use Minstrel, or whatever horrible script font he uses, for his email signature (sorry Phil, I still love ya). My point is, it’s really okay to use bad fonts like Comic Sans in certain situations. For example, I made a spoof image mashing up Game of Thrones and Frozen where the font choices were very deliberate (as they should be).
The Comic Sans font is used in Olaf’s dialogue bubble and is appropriate for the playful, childish character he is. While Lucida Blackletter, used in Ned Stark’s dialogue bubble is a very serious, medieval-type font. They juxtapose each other in order to pull off the comedic nature of the image.
So, depending on the application and your audience, it can be okay to use some not-so trendy fonts, but don’t make this your excuse.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans: 365 Graphic Design Sins and Virtues: A Designer’s Almanac of Dos and Don’ts:
One of the great things about typefaces that become villified due to inappropriate application or overuse is they gain a platform from which they can be used to portray irony, sarcasm, satire, dry wittedness, and so on.