Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Comic Sans Gets a Sequel

Comic Sans, the font that everyone loves to hate, may be getting a new lease on life.  Or be reincarnated into a second life, more accurately.  The "kiddie" font that has been used inappropriately for the last 20 years got a makeover into a more balanced, streamlined version to be known as Comic Neue.

The new font is downloadable free here and is more dressed up than its clownish predecessor, though still mostly appropriate for casual projects. Designer Craig Rozynski hopes the new font will be "the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy." But if it isn't the butt of typographic jokes, who WILL get the ribbing? Brush Script Standard?

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
The Independent

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Excerpt: "Long ago Comic Sans went from being just another slightly cartoonish font to a literal punch line for would-be typography snobs: 'Comic Sans walks into a bar, the bartender turns him away and says "We don’t serve your type"'.

Now, Craig Rozynski, an Australian graphic designer based in Japan, is trying to single-handedly revive the fortunes of the much-maligned font by giving it a makeover fit for the 2010s. Internet, meet Comic Neue.

“Comic Neue aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy,” writes Rozynski on comicneue.com, where the font can be downloaded for free.

“The squashed, wonky, and weird glyphs of Comic Sans have been beaten into shape while maintaining the honesty that made Comic Sans so popular. It's perfect as a display face, for marking up comments, and writing passive aggressive office memos."

The original Comic Sans font was created in just a week by designer Vincent Connare for a Microsoft project in the mid-90s. Connare has said that he was inspired by the bubbly look of comic-book lettering and designed the font using two comics that were lying about his office – The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen – as inspiration."

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