Unlike most blogs I’ve written, I’m going to get straight to the point because as a graphic designer, this may be my biggest pet peeve. The excessive use of Comic Sans needs to end! This is an epidemic and we must take a stand! Sure, I get it. You want your resume to stand out amongst your competition or you want your print ad to make your business appear to be a place where you can have fun and have fantastic experiences. However, you may not realize the message that you are subliminally sending.
Comic Sans is not a font that can really be taken seriously. An example of appropriate application could be packaging for a generic toy, text layout for a comic book (hence the name) or even a board game. When you use Comic Sans as your typeface of choice for an angry letter addressing the departure of a star player as Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert did, you tend to make a joke of yourself and you give the impression that it’s just a fun game. There was nothing fun about the city of Cleveland losing an estimated $200,000,000 per year when LeBron James left. The fan base certainly did not think it was a joke.
Comic Sans is also the last typeface that should be used when raising awareness to a social issue.
Regardless of your stance, we can all agree that this issue is very serious. It should be treated in such a manner that is appropriate and just. I can’t think of a worse typeface to use in this situation.
This is usually the part where one would expect to read about the good examples where Comic Sans was used and its application made sense and was appropriate. Fortunately for you, that won’t be happening.
There are no appropriate uses of Comic Sans aside from the aforementioned at the intro of this article. There will always be a better option to use that looks and fits better for its application.