Comic Sans

People love to hate Comic Sans, so it’s no surprise when readers question its use in my latest book, Intertwingled. I started using Comic Sans because I enjoy its informality. It’s breezy and comfortable and fun, sorta like wearing shorts. Later, when I learned it’s mocked and reviled by many designers, I decided to double down on Comic Sans.

Figure 2-24

Figure 2-24. We use radio buttons when check boxes or sliders would reveal the truth.

I see hostility towards Comic Sans as a type of prejudice. Like racism and sexism, fontism exists on a spectrum. We all have it. We all mistake surface for substance. We all judge a book by its cover. There is no cure. You can’t simply stop being a fontist. You can’t escape the category. But we can move the slider. Awareness, engagement, and creative categorization can deflate prejudice. So can a sense of humor. We’re all in this together, so let’s get started. Fight the power. Wear shorts. Use Comic Sans today!

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