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Essex born programmer and researcher at Microsoft's lab in Cambridge. Dad. Opera lover. Keen but shite violinist. Too many hobbies and obsessions to list!


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awarded  Self-Learner
Sep
23
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
11
revised What is wrong with Comic Sans?
Reducing amount of text in link
Sep
11
awarded  Great Question
Sep
10
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
I do not understand how Comic Sans falls into Williams's notion of script. Can you summarise Williams's definition in your answer?
Sep
9
comment Why would a designer want to purchase a typeface instead of using free ones?
Why is this down-voted, it seems an interesting reason that is not covered in the other answers? Anyway, I'll up-vote to balance it out.
Sep
9
awarded  Favorite Question
Sep
9
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@Mentalist the idea that tracing out Comic Sans by hand to give some feel for how it works as a handwriting font is fascinating and had not occurred to me. But I am struck by how difficult it is to trace out someone else's handwriting too, so although you'd gain insight, I'm not sure it serves as a great measure of handwrityness.
Sep
9
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@allcaps Thanks for the technical name, but isn't it a single-storey and double-storey 'a'? Neither are three storey, no? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A
Sep
9
awarded  Famous Question
Sep
8
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@Tyler, yeah, I think I can only use the 2nd link because I'm a member of the One Letter group on flickr. It's in the group's pool but is not set to "public" so it's only visible in the groups pool. I should have checked for that and probably should not post a direct link!
Sep
8
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@TylerH Not for me, but maybe that's just because I am logged in to flickr. Try this and this instead.
Sep
8
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@Medinoc, do you mean "question" or "answer"?
Sep
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awarded  Informed
Sep
8
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@DA01 There are about 3,140 papers returned by Google Scholar for the search "Comic Sans", I'm holding on to the hope that some of them are relevant.
Sep
8
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
My wife runs a preschool. There they use Comic Sans, not because they are talking down to the kids but because they need a font that uses letter forms that the kids are learning for themselves, i.e. an 'a' like this and not like this (there's a technical name for such fonts, but I cannot remember what it is). There are many other fonts with this characteristic, but they are not as well known nor as readily available for early years practitioners as Comic Sans
Sep
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awarded  Yearling
Sep
6
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
trlkly Bristol's answer references David Kadavy's article which does exactly what you are after (though Bristol doesn't recount the article's points in her/his answer). I really like the current answers, especially this one of Brendan's, but I'm going to hold off marking any as the answer until one provides a more thorough technical explanation of Comic Sans's "legibility, reading speed, comprehension, and things like that" and an annotated list of formal studies. Care to write it?
Sep
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awarded  Good Question
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awarded  Notable Question