There’s a Neue font in town! Last year a Comic Sans redesign got people rethinking the overused and widely-mocked font.
The origins of Comic Sans
Comic Sans was originally developed for use in the Microsoft Bob software, when the Times New Roman font was deemed too formal and unfriendly for the speech bubble text of a CGI dog. A font based on comic book lettering was quickly produced. It was a rush job that sufficed for the task it was designed for. Since then Comic Sans has become an equally popular and hated font, especially through its inappropriate use in everything from Police notices to emergency signs.
Plenty of people have explained exactly why Comic Sans is so unpopular. In April 2014, one designer released his solution to it that had been three years in the making.
Comic Sans redesign – a Neue dawn
Craig Rozynski, an Australian, Japan-based graphic designer teamed decided to tackle Comic Sans’ myriad problems. What started as a jokey side-project in 2011 became a serious task to the point that he enlisted Hrant Papazian of Micro Foundry for help with typographical finishes. The original Comic Sans was not designed as carefully as other professional fonts as it was never intended to be used in a context larger than a small speech bubble. Imperfections such as crooked lines and varying thickness of strokes were been tidied and adjusted. Issues of spacing were fixed. The aim was to keep the cartoonish, approachable intention of the original design intact.
The redesign was met with acclaim, and Rozynski launched an equally successful Kickstarter campaign to develop the font for a variety of languages. The font is freely available from its website comicneue.com, though it’s a case of wait and see whether people ditch the infuriating Comic Sans for this Neue offering.