The Wall Street Journal tracks down the designer of the world’s most hated typeface, Vincent Connare, and finds the villain cackling with glee from his Swiss headquarters:
The font, a casual script designed to look like comic-book lettering, is the bane of graphic designers, other aesthetes and Internet geeks. It is a punch line: “Comic Sans walks into a bar, bartender says, ‘We don’t serve your type.'” On social-messaging site Twitter, complaints about the font pop up every minute or two. An online comic strip shows a gang kicking and swearing at Mr. Connare.
The jolly typeface has spawned the Ban Comic Sans movement, nearly a decade old but stronger now than ever, thanks to the Web. The mission: “to eradicate this font” and the “evil of typographical ignorance.”
“If you love it, you don’t know much about typography,” Mr. Connare says. But, he adds, “if you hate it, you really don’t know much about typography, either, and you should get another hobby.”
Connare reveals that he based the foul font on WATCHMEN and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, so some internet pundits are saying that John Costanza and Dave Gibbons should be blamed…however, anyone who took the work of these two gentleman and came up with Comic Sans isn’t really clear on what made that lettering attractive in the first place.
PS: The famed July 5, 2007 ACHEWOOD strip excerpted above has been viewed nearly half a million times online.