Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Catholic Church Commits Design Sin with Comic Sans Ebook

Comic Sans, the font that makes ANYTHING trivial!
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Vatican Celebrates Pope Benedict XVI With E-Book Written In Comic Sans
As if the sex scandals and coverups of the last year were not enough, now comes word of an egregious sin the Catholic Church has perpetrated against the laws of design. Their latest ebook to mark the career of Pope Benedict XVI features BOTH of the most hated fonts in the modern world, Comic Sans and Papyrus.

Excerpt: "It's an inspirational picture: Pope Benedict XVI, dressed in white and carrying a large gold cross, reaches down to bless a tiny baby, carried by a young mom, in front of an epic religious fresco.

The photo — which appears in a 62-page e-book published by the Vatican to commemorate the career of Benedict upon his retirement — is spoiled, however, by the caption underneath it (click to enlarge). It's written in Comic Sans, the balloon-y, cartoon-y typeface that's regarded as a design faux pas by art directors and other creative professionals.

The caption reads, 'Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.'

But because the entire book is written in Comic Sans, the sentence feels sarcastic and jokey.

As its name suggests, Comic Sans attempts to replicate the look of words inside the speech bubbles that appear in comics. As such, anything written in Comic Sans instantly appears trivial."

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