Comic Sans is the worst thing in history, and like many horrible things in history, its growth has spread unchecked, even marking the Papacy with its sinister sigil. But now some humanitarian has updated it! Designer Craig Rozynski has given it a kernlift as Comic Neue writing:
Comic Sans wasn’t designed to be the world’s most ubiquitous casual typeface1. Comic Neue aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy.
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.
And you can Comics Neue for free! Rozynsky even got the original designer, Vincent Connare to comment:
— Vincent Connare (@VincentConnare) April 7, 2014
It’s true that Connare did not know the many crimes against ascenders, creating the font as a quickie for Microsoft, and not knowing that it would be used for everything, and would, in turn, make everything it was used for look tacky and silly. But now, we have a new chance to build a brighter more beautiful future for our children and our children’s children.
Let the healing begin.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.