“Nothing Says Fun Like Comic Sans”

Have you said that exact phrase? If you haven’t, you’ve probably heard someone else say it. At the very least, you’ve had this thought. It’s so whimsical and playful, right? Well, it’s also easy and childish: reserved for quickly designing a lemonade sign for your child’s road-side stand. Now before you think I’m expecting professional work from non-designers, let me stop you. It doesn’t have to look like you went to school for Typography, but you can put more thought into your work. Comic Sans is not the only abused font. Oh, no! Ever hear of Trajan Pro? Or maybe Papyrus? While watching Avatar for the first time, I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw Papyrus used as the subtitle font. I never expected Hollywood level artists to touch it as it tends to be a first choice for natural or organic text. These fonts are the first to come to mind, but there are several others on my list of fonts I RARELY use. (more…)